Girl shot in murky Kiryat Arba incident released from hospital

Tamar Aharon, 13, sent home in good condition after she was wounded while walking down a street in West Bank settlement, possibly from stray gunfire out of adjacent Hebron

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

View of the settlement of Kiryat Arba, near the West Bank city of Hebron, February 24, 2022. (Gershon Elinson/Flash90)
View of the settlement of Kiryat Arba, near the West Bank city of Hebron, February 24, 2022. (Gershon Elinson/Flash90)

A girl shot in the head by a presumed stray bullet in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba last week has been released from the hospital after recovering.

Tamar Aharon, 13, fully regained consciousness on Saturday and was released home on Wednesday in good condition, the hospital said.

Aharon was rushed to the hospital by Magen David Adom paramedics while unconscious after being hit by gunfire as she walked down a street in Kiryat Arba last Thursday.

The military believed errant gunfire from the adjacent city of Hebron was likely responsible.

Residents of Kiryat Arba have long complained about gunfire emanating from Hebron toward the settlement.

The incident came days after an Israeli man was shot dead and four others were hurt in a Hebron terror attack. The assailant was eventually rammed by a security guard and shot dead by an off-duty soldier.

Tensions have soared in the West Bank recently as the IDF presses on with an anti-terror offensive mostly focused on the northern West Bank. Near-nightly clashes have taken place during Israeli arrest raids, including early Wednesday, when a Palestinian teen was killed in Nablus as troops guarding a convoy of lawmakers to a shrine in the city came under attack.

Israeli troops arrest a wanted Palestinian man in the West Bank, early on October 26, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)

On Tuesday, a man died from wounds he sustained in a stabbing attack in a Palestinian village in October.

Palestinian attackers have killed at least 24 people in Israel since the start of 2022.

Intensified Israeli-Palestinian fighting in the West Bank and East Jerusalem has also killed some 130 Palestinians this year, making it the deadliest since 2006, according to Israeli rights group B’Tselem. Most, but not all, of those killed were slain while attacking troops or taking part in clashes.

AP contributed to this report.

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