Police fire at Haredi woman at Western Wall
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Police fire at Haredi woman at Western Wall

Blanket-clad member of an ultra-Orthodox sect that stresses modesty didn’t heed cops’ warnings

A woman who police said was dressed in blankets was shot in the leg by an officer at a security checkpoint at the entrance to the Western Wall.

The woman, who was later identified as being a member of the extreme sect referred to as the “Jewish Taliban,” did not stop at the checkpoint Wednesday evening when asked to by security guards, according to the Israel Police.

Police fired a warning shot into the air and, when she continued walking, fired at her legs.

The woman, 35, was identified as a member of an extremist ultra-Orthodox sect and was dressed in layers of clothes and blankets, in keeping with the modesty rules of the sect.

She was treated at the scene by Magen David Adom and then taken to the hospital for further treatment.

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish woman, covered from head to toe, in the Mea Shearim neighborhood of Jerusalem (illustrative photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90)
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish woman, covered from head to toe, in the Mea Shearim neighborhood of Jerusalem (illustrative photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90)
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