Wednesday, a knife-wielding Palestinian woman threatened an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank and was shot dead, according to the Israeli army. However, Palestinian sources deny this report.
Since 2014, when U.S.-sponsored peace talks halted, violence in territories where Palestinians seek statehood has simmered. In recent weeks, there has been an increase in violence, including deadly Palestinian attacks within Israel.
Near the town of Al Aroub, the Israeli army stated in a statement that “an attacker armed with a knife approached an IDF (Israel Defence Force) soldier conducting normal security operations.”
It was stated that the soldiers retaliated with live fire.
A hospital in Hebron, a nearby Palestinian city, verified the woman’s passing.
The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs described the murder as a “field execution.”
The ministry added in a statement, “She was on her way to work and there were no issues or threats to the offenders at that location.”
The Palestinian Prisoners Club, an organisation that monitors the well-being of Palestinians imprisoned by Israel, reported that the 31-year-old lady had been imprisoned by Israel for a brief period earlier this year. It did not elaborate immediately.