Israeli troops have shot and wounded a Palestinian woman at a checkpoint near the centre of Hebron in the occupied West Bank. The incident came on Tuesday around 8:30am local time after the victim attempted to stab a soldier, the Israeli military told Al Jazeera:
“The attacker attempted to stab a soldier,” the army spokeswoman said, explaining that the soldier then fired live ammunition at her “lower extremities”. The soldier was not wounded. Although the woman’s condition was not known, the army said she has been transferred to a hospital in Israel.
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.