Young Palestinian woman shot by Israeli forces dies

Woman was shot in West Bank city of Hebron after she reportedly attempted to stab Israeli soldier.

Clashes during Friday prayers in Hebron
A photo supplied by an activist group shows a soldier pointing a gun at the young woman [Supplied by Youth Against Settlements]

A young Palestinian woman shot and wounded by Israeli troops after she reportedly attempted to stab a soldier at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank has died, sources have told Al Jazeera.

The woman, named as a 19-year-old university student, was wounded at the checkpoint near the centre of Hebron around 8.30am on Tuesday.

“The attacker attempted to stab a soldier,” an Israeli army spokeswoman said, explaining that the soldier then fired live ammunition at her “lower extremities”. 

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It later emerged that she was shot several times, including in the chest.

The soldier was not wounded.

The army said the woman was transferred to a hospital in Israel after the incident. However, a video posted by the news agency PalMedia shows the woman being left to bleed on the ground after she was shot and then being roughly pulled out of the frame of a camera.

Speaking to Al Jazeera, Hebron resident Issa Amro identified the woman as 19-year-old Hadeel Salah al-Hashlamon.

“Now the soldiers have increased their numbers throughout the city,” said Amro, who is the coordinator of the Hebron-based Youth Against Settlements monitoring group. 

According to Amro, clashes broke out between Palestinian youth and Israeli soldiers in the area following the shooting and “are still ongoing across the city”. 


Earlier on Tuesday, a Palestinian man died during an Israeli army operation in the same city, Hebron, as he handled a makeshift explosive device.

The man intended to toss the device at a military vehicle, the Israeli army said.

However, Palestinian security officials said he was shot dead by Israeli troops in the village of Khursa near Hebron. They identified him as 21-year-old Dia al-Talahmeh.

The army spokeswoman said a patrol had been deployed to clear stones blocking a road outside Hebron.

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“[Israeli] forces arrived at the scene and immediately heard a loud explosion,” the army spokeswoman told Al Jazeera. “They then searched the area and found a body. The initial inquiry suggests that the suspect attempted to hurl an explosive device at the army vehicle and it detonated on himself.” 

Tensions have been running high across the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, ahead of the Jewish Yom Kippur holiday, which begins at sundown on Tuesday, and the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, which begins on Wednesday evening and continues until Sunday.

Israel has deployed thousands of police in Jerusalem and is closing it off from the West Bank.

With the latest death, at least 25 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since the beginning of 2015, according to UN figures. 

– Additional reporting by Patrick Strickland

Source: Al Jazeera, News Agencies