A Palestinian woman was shot dead by Israeli forces on Friday after allegedly carrying out a vehicular attack in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, the Israeli army and eyewitnesses have said.
Murad Shteiwi, the Coordinator for Popular Resistance in Kafr Qaddum, said violence broke out when Israeli soldiers intervened and fired live bullets to break up the protest. “Forces on site, responding to the imminent threat, shot the attacker, resulting in her death”.
The UN said that the Civil Administration, the Defense Ministry agency responsible for the West Bank, ordered the razing of 41 structures in the area, which is under full Israeli military and civilian control.
This is a recurring problem across the occupied West Bank, where the Israeli military has designated about 18% of the overall land as “firing zones” for the objective of training, and subsequently made a large number of Palestinian towns and villages “illegal”.
Israel’s army says a knife was found in the vehicle following the attack near the Israeli settlement bloc, Gush Etzion. They argued that “the most direct way to begin changing the climate between Israelis and Palestinians in the hope of affecting Israel’s settlement policy [is] by adopting a new approach on the contentious issue”.
The wounded child was moved to a local hospital while medics provided treatment to scores of residents who suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.
According to Addameer, the number of Palestinian children in Israeli detention almost doubled – with 307 children detained at the end of October, compared with 155 at the end of August. Israel says they are being incited to violence by their leaders and on social media.
Today, 23 years after the man who signed the Accord, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, is trying to figure out a way to disengage from this accord or at least from its most important articles.
Numerous attackers have been young Palestinians, including teenagers, who appear to have been acting on their own.