Palestinian teen shot during alleged car-ramming dies of wounds
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Palestinian teen shot during alleged car-ramming dies of wounds

Fatima Jibrin Taqatqa, 16, was hit by IDF gunfire when she plowed into a bus stop at the Etzion Junction in March

Illustrative. The car that was driven into a bus stop in an apparent terror attack in the Etzion Junction in the West Bank on March 15, 2017. (IDF Spokesperson's Unit)
Illustrative. The car that was driven into a bus stop in an apparent terror attack in the Etzion Junction in the West Bank on March 15, 2017. (IDF Spokesperson's Unit)

A Palestinian teenager who was shot by soldiers in March, allegedly while attempting to ram Israelis with a car at the Etzion Junction in the central West Bank, died Saturday in a Jerusalem hospital.

The girl, 16-year-old Fatima Jibrin Taqatqa of the nearby village of Beit Fajjar, was hospitalized at Shaare Zedek Medical Center with a severe head wound after the incident.

Her death was first reported by Palestinian media.

No Israelis were injured in the incident, though a 28-year-old Israeli woman in “advanced stages of pregnancy” was taken to a hospital after experiencing a panic attack, according to the Magen David Adom ambulance service.

Taqatqa was critically injured from the crash and IDF gunfire, according to Arab media. She received medical treatment from the Israel Defense Forces before she was taken to the hospital, MDA said at the time.

Surveillance footage from the scene, first posted on social media and later released by the IDF, showed the car veer across multiple lands of traffic and crash into the metal bollards surrounding the bus stop.

According to the military, Taqatqa specifically targeted the troops stationed at the junction, but both soldiers and civilians could be seen standing at the bus stop.

The Etzion Junction’s bus stop and hitchhiking post was the scene of a number of terror attacks in late 2015 and early 2016, including both car-rammings and shootings.

The busy junction sits at a major crossroads in the Etzion settlement bloc, between Jerusalem and Hebron.

Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report.

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