Israeli guard shoots dead a Palestinian woman

Police says the 28-year-old woman approached the crossing and 'ran towards the forces while holding a knife'


Reuters June 12, 2021
Members of the Israeli forces approach a woman lying on the ground at the site of a security incident near Ramallah, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, June 12, 2021. PHOTO: REUTERS

An Israeli security guard shot and killed a 'knife-wielding' Palestinian woman at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank on Saturday, police claimed.

There was no immediate comment from Palestinian officials about the incident, which took place at the Qalandiya crossing near the city of Ramallah.

Police said the 28-year-old woman approached the crossing and "ran towards the forces while holding a knife".

"A civilian security guard who recognised what was happening called on her to stop several times," a police statement said, adding that when the woman continued to move forward "the security guard then fired several bullets".

Police distributed a photograph of the knife they said she was carrying.

Israeli-Palestinian violence flared last month in 11 days of intense fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. A fragile ceasefire is largely holding, though tension remains high.

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