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Israeli Soldiers Kill Palestinian Woman in West Bank

Israeli Soldiers Kill Palestinian Woman in West Bank

Sunday, 10 April, 2022 - 15:15
People carry the body of Palestinian woman Ghada Sabatin, who medics said was killed by Israeli forces, during her funeral in Husan in the Israeli-occupied West Bank April 10, 2022. REUTERS/Mussa Qawasma

Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian woman in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, the Palestinian Health Ministry said, after a string of deadly Arab and Palestinian attacks in Israel.

The Israeli military said the woman had run towards soldiers at a position near Bethlehem and did not heed their calls or warning shots to stop.

"When the suspect continued approaching, the soldiers fired towards the suspect's lower body," the military said, adding that no weapon had been found on the woman and that the incident was being investigated.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said the woman, in her 40s, was pronounced dead in hospital.

Israeli forces have been on high alert following Arab and Palestinian attacks that have killed 14 people in Israel since late March.

More than 20 Palestinians, many of them armed militants, have been killed by Israeli forces since January, while Palestinians have reported a rise in violence by Israeli settlers in the West Bank.

In public remarks to his cabinet on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said there would be no restrictions on security forces in stopping what he has described as a "new wave of terrorism".

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh condemned the killing of the woman, saying he held Israel "fully responsible for the consequences of this heinous crime".

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