The Israeli army has shot and wounded a Palestinian woman after she stabbed an Israeli civilian near a Jewish settlement bloc in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, police said.
Witnesses told Al Jazeera that 23-year-old Amal Jihad Taqatqa from Bethlehem arrived at the Gush Etzion settlement bloc on Monday and stabbed the civilian with a knife, injuring him lightly.
“According to the police, the woman approached an Israeli soldier with the intention of stabbing him but was unable to do so. So she then used her knife to harm a passerby, an Israeli civilian, who was apparently only lightly injured,” Al Jazeera’s Nisreen El-Shamayleh reported from Ramallah.
The Palestine Red Crescent told Al Jazeera that they saw the Palestinian woman after she was shot at the junction and that she was still alive at the time. However, Israeli authorities did not allow the Palestinian medical team to approach her.
Police released a statement saying that the Israeli civilian suffered minor injuries in the stabbing at the settlement bloc south of Bethlehem, and that the Palestinian woman was transferred to a hospital for further medical treatment.
Local sources told Al Jazeera that Taqatqa’s house in Bet Fajjar, south of Bethlehem, has been raided by Israeli forces and that they have also arrested her father.
The Gush Etzion junction is a business, commercial and tourism centre in the southern West Bank, which serves as the entry point to the Gush Etzion bloc of settlements. AL Jazeera