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Palestinian woman shot approaching checkpoint with ‘object’ in hand

Police say guards at Qalandiya crossing fired at suspect’s leg after she failed to heed their warnings; turns out she did not have knife

Security forces at the Qalandiya checkpoint after a  Palestinian woman was shot and wounded to thwart a suspected attack, on February 27, 2017. (Flash90)
Security forces at the Qalandiya checkpoint after a Palestinian woman was shot and wounded to thwart a suspected attack, on February 27, 2017. (Flash90)

Security forces shot and wounded a Palestinian woman on Monday at the Qalandiya checkpoint, in the West Bank near Jerusalem, after she ignored soldiers’ warnings to halt, police said. There were no other injuries.

“The suspect approached the Qalandiya checkpoint [on foot] using the vehicular lane. She did not respond to the calls of the soldiers to stop,” an Israel Police spokeswoman said, adding that correct procedures were followed before the woman was “neutralized.”

She was shot in the leg and wounded, the spokeswoman said.

Police later confirmed that she was not carrying a knife.

The Qalandiya crossing has two approach lanes, one for pedestrians and the other for vehicles.

The woman, who was said to be about 20 years old, was reportedly shot by one of the civilian security guards who provide support to the soldiers manning the checkpoint.

The Qalandiya checkpoint, a major crossing point between Jerusalem and the Qalandiya refugee camp north of the capital, has seen a series of security incidents over the past year.

In December a Palestinian woman was shot and lightly wounded as she tried to carry out a stabbing attack.

In April, a Palestinian brother and sister were shot dead by civilian security guards when they approached through the vehicular lane and didn’t heed calls to halt. The guards said they feared the siblings were planning a stabbing attack.

Police suspect that the guards were wrong to shoot the Palestinians — a woman and her teenage brother — at the crossing, although at the time police said the woman had thrown a knife at security forces and that her brother was carrying two blades.

Defense officials have pointed to a trend among some young Palestinian women who, often due to personal problems, have attempted to commit suicide by staging knife attacks against soldiers and police with the expectation that they will be shot.

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