Israeli security forces shot dead a Palestinian woman by hitting a knife attempting to stab attacks at the Gush Etzion junction in southern Jerusalem’s West Bank, the Israeli Defense Force said on Sunday.
The incident comes amid growing tensions by the postponement of Palestinian elections as well as the unrest in the holy month of Ramadan.
The woman, a 60-year-old resident in a nearby village of Houston, approached a group of soldiers with a knife in her hand and tried to stab the soldiers.
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Palestinian media later stated that a 60-year-old woman named Faima al-Horub.
A soldier shot her in the upper body and she was taken to Jerusalem̵7;s Shaare Zedek Medical Center in critical condition, where she was later declared dead.
The IDF states that there were no casualties among the soldiers.
The incident footage showed Al-Hawrab still approaching the soldiers, although they repeatedly shouted at her to stop and fire warnings in the air.
This was an attempt to stab an attack at the Gush Katif junction this morning.The forces went through a series of suspicious arrests, and when the terrorists didn’t listen, they fired into the air and then at her feet. No soldiers were injured in this incident. pic.twitter.com/tj0QyzT1Ec
– Eladhuminer ???????? العادهومينر (@EladHumi) May 2, 2021
The IDF statement said: “ Knife-armed terrorists came to Gush Etzion Junction and attempted to stab the IDF fighters who were on the spot. The fighters initiate a series of combat regulations that include gunfire against neutralized terrorists. ”
The Gush Etzion junction has been the site of several attacks against Palestinians in recent years, most recently on January 31, when Israeli soldiers shot dead Palestinian men who attempted to temporarily stab soldiers with a spear.
On Friday, police said a Palestinian man attempted a stab attack near the Efrat junction south of Bethlehem, several kilometers from Gush Etzion Junction, and that the officer was shot at the scene and seriously injured.
Tensions in Jerusalem, especially around the Old City, have been high in recent days after police prevented people from gathering outside Damascus gates during Ramadan, which critics say was a move that This sparked violence that hindered the long-standing tradition of gathering during the Holy Month. Officials later canceled the policy.
Also in the West Bank, during the past week hundreds of Palestinians have marched to Israeli checkpoints every night, leading to clashes.
The IDF is said to bolster its forces in the West Bank during Ramadan in the event of the violence caused by the postponement of the Palestinian elections.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced on Thursday night that the first Palestinian national elections in 15 years will be delayed indefinitely, which the move is likely to encourage. Further tensions in the region
Voting will be postponed until Israel agrees to allow East Jerusalem Palestinians to join, Abbas told a meeting of senior Palestinian officials.
Palestinians are set to vote in the Palestinian Legislative Assembly on May 22 for the first time since 2006.The presidential election will take place on July 31, the first time since 2005.