Israeli guards shoot Palestinian who ‘did not stop at crossing’
The Israeli defense ministry said she had approached the crossing by foot while carrying a bag
Israeli guards fearful of an attack shot and wounded a Palestinian on Wednesday after she did not stop at a crossing, officials said, the latest incident in an upsurge of violence.
The Palestinian’s intentions were not immediately clear and details were still emerging of the incident.
The incident occurred at a checkpoint near the Israeli settlement of Alfei Menashe and the Palestinian town of Qalqilya in the occupied West Bank.
The Palestinian health ministry described her as a “girl,” but had no further details on her identity. It said she had been shot and described her wounds as moderate.
Palestinian media described her as a teenager.
The Israeli defense ministry said she had approached the crossing by foot while carrying a bag.
“Crossing security officials called to her to stop and fired warning shots into the air,” it said in a statement.
“She continued toward the crossing and security officials fired warning shots toward the ground in order to stop her.”
It provided no further details. A ministry spokeswoman declined to comment further, including on whether any weapons were discovered.