Israeli forces shoot Palestinian woman near Bethlehem

Palestinian women comfort the mother of Ghada Sabatin, who died from her wounds after being shot by Israeli soldiers, during her funeral in Husan village west of Bethlehem city in the occupied West Bank, on April 10, 2022. (Photo: AFP)
JENIN, Palestinian Territories — Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian woman on Sunday near the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem, the Palestinian health ministry said.اضافة اعلان

The woman — a widowed mother of six in her 40s named by the Palestinian news agency Wafa as Ghada Ibrahim Sabatien — died after suffering massive blood loss from a torn artery, the Palestinian health ministry said.

Israeli forces said troops fired warning shots into the air when the woman approached them near the town of Husan, before they “fired towards the suspect’s lower body”.

The militant Islamic Jihad movement condemned her killing as an “execution in broad daylight”.

Earlier on Sunday, Israel continued their raids in Jenin area for a second day following a deadly attack in Tel Aviv on Thursday, carried out by a resident of the Jenin refugee camp, which killed three Israeli men.

No Israeli forces were reported injured, while the Palestinian health ministry said at least 10 Palestinians were wounded in clashes in Jenin, as well as in Jericho and Tulkarem.

A total of 20 “wanted individuals” were apprehended, an Israeli source said, while the Palestinian Prisoners Club announced 24 arrests across the West Bank, which Israel has occupied since the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said after a cabinet meeting that “Israel has gone on the offensive,” vowing to “settle accounts with everyone who was linked, either directly or indirectly, to the attacks”.

‘No limits’

Violence in Israel and Palestine has surged during Ramadan, an echo of the situation during the Muslim holy month last year, when increased provocations and tensions led to a devastating 11-day Israeli offensive war in the Gaza Strip.

In recent weeks, Israel has been stunned by a string of deadly attacks, some carried out by assailants linked to or inspired by Daesh. A total of 14 people have been killed in four attacks in Israel since March 22.

Over the same period, at least 11 Palestinians have been killed, including assailants, according to a count by AFP.

Following Thursday’s attack, Bennett gave Israel’s security agencies “full freedom” to end the deadly violence, warning that “there are not and will not be limits for this war”.

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