Palestinian woman ‘shot after attack on Israeli’

The soldier suffered minor injuries in the stabbing at a major crossroads near the Gush Etzion bloc, south of Bethlehem

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Israeli forces shot and wounded a Palestinian woman Monday after she reportedly stabbed an Israeli civilian near a Jewish settlement in the Occupied West Bank, the military said.

Reuters witnesses saw the woman being taken to Jerusalem's Hadassah hospital. A hospital spokeswoman said she was seriously wounded.

The woman was “overpowered” and transferred “for further medical assistance," a statement said, adding that the civilian had suffered minor wounds, the Associated Press reported.

An initial statement released by police said the Palestinian was shot after stabbing a soldier.

The incident follows escalating tensions between Palestinians and Israelis in the Occupied West Bank mostly because of Palestinian fears that Israel is trying to change the status quo at a sensitive holy site in Jerusalem by allowing Jews to pray there.

A deadly attack on a synagogue last month left four worshippers and an Israeli police man dead, another incident that aggravated tensions.

Israeli security forces killed the perpetrators of most of those attacks at the scene and on occasion demolished their homes.

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