Israeli forces shoot Palestinian woman at West Bank crossing

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A Palestinian woman suspected of intending to attack Israeli guards at a West Bank checkpoint into Jerusalem was shot and injured by security forces Monday, police said.

The 30-year-old woman allegedly walked towards the guards at the Qalandia checkpoint using the vehicle-only lane “all the time clutching her handbag in a way that made them suspicious,” police spokeswoman Luba Samri wrote in a statement.

She had ignored repeated orders to halt and they opened fire.

The Palestinian woman was lightly injured and taken by Israeli ambulance for medical treatment, Samri added, without specifying if any suspect items were found in her handbag.

Since a wave of violence broke out in October 2015, 252 Palestinians, 41 Israelis, two Americans, a Jordanian, an Eritrean and a Sudanese have died.

The rate of attacks has declined sharply in recent months.

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