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Unarmed Palestinian woman killed running at Israeli troops near Bethlehem

Military says Ghada Ibrahim Ali Sabateen, 47, was shot when she ‘approached IDF soldiers in a suspicious manner’ in Husan, with tensions high across the West Bank

Israeli troops filmed in the aftermath of a shooting incident in Husan in which a Palestinian woman was killed on Sunday, April 10, 2022 (Screenshot/Palestine TV)
Israeli troops filmed in the aftermath of a shooting incident in Husan in which a Palestinian woman was killed on Sunday, April 10, 2022 (Screenshot/Palestine TV)

A Palestinian woman was shot dead by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank town of Husan on Sunday morning, according to Palestinian health officials.

The Israeli army said the woman had approached Israeli soldiers “in a suspicious manner.” A military spokesperson later confirmed that she was unarmed.

“The force opened fire as part of a suspect arrest procedure that included firing into the air. After she did not stop, the soldiers fired at her lower body,” the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.

In graphic footage from the scene, the woman can be seen raising her hands as she quickly runs at a makeshift checkpoint in the village. The soldiers shoot at her, causing her to fall down.

Israeli soldiers administered first aid to the woman, identified as Ghada Ibrahim Ali Sabateen, 47, after which she was rushed by Palestinian medics to a Beit Jala hospital, where she died of blood loss from a torn artery in her thigh.

Tensions have risen sharply between Israel and the Palestinians in recent weeks against the backdrop of repeated terror attacks in Israeli cities that left 14 dead. The army has stepped up its West Bank activities in an attempt to crack down on the spiraling violence.

Taha Hamamra, a member of the Husan local council, told The Times of Israel that Sabateen appeared to refuse soldiers’ calls to stop.

“[The soldiers] told her to stop, she kept going, and they shot,” Hamamra said, confirming the Israeli account.

Hamamra said Sabateen was a widow and a mother of six who lived with her children and parents in the small village. She had lived in Jordan for years before returning to the West Bank after her husband’s death, Hamamra said.

On Sunday, amid rising tensions, soldiers conducted raids in Palestinian cities across the West Bank in an attempt to tamp down the violence, and arrested 20. Palestinians clashed with Israeli troops during the raids in Tulkarem, Jenin and Jericho, leading to several injuries.

According to the Israeli army, Palestinian gunmen opened fire on troops in Jenin, while in Jericho Palestinians hurled stones and Molotov cocktails at soldiers.

Four Palestinians were wounded by live Israeli bullets during the Sunday clashes, according to PA health officials. Another seven sustained light injuries.

On Sunday morning, Palestinians vandalized a shrine in Nablus that according to Jewish tradition is the resting place of the biblical Joseph.

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