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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

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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.