A female border police officer who last month killed a teenager in Hebron, has been transferred to a different post because of revenge threats to her life.

Palestinians launched riots and put up wanted posters featuring the female officer soon after the December 12 incident. Facebook pages featuring her name and photograph also demanded her blood.

An Israeli border police officer after she shot and killed an armed man in Hebron, December 12, 2012. (photo credit: Oren Nachshon/Flash90)

An Israeli border police officer after she shot and killed an armed man in Hebron, December 12, 2012. (photo credit: Oren Nachshon/Flash90)

The 20-year-old officer, who has not been named to protect her identity, has been transferred to a unit in the center of the country. Last week she received a merit award from police chief Yohanan Danino for courage in the line of duty.

The incident took place last month when the officer was on guard duty with two others outside the Cave of the Patriarchs, in Hebron’s Old City. A young Palestinian approached the guard post, pounced on one of the border policeman, and pointed a gun, which later turned out to be fake, to his head. The 20-year-old female officer rushed into action and shot the youth dead.

A border police told Maariv that the officer herself had requested the transfer to clear her head, but added that the threats to her life were also relevant.