Palestinian woman shot dead by Israeli army in Jerusalem

Israeli forces have shot a Palestinian woman dead allegedly for trying to perform a car-ramming attack in the northeast of Jerusalem, as per the Israeli army, Al Jazeera reports.

The Palestinian media, who recognised the victim as 29-year-old Mai Afanah, a doctoral student from Abu Dis, said that she was shot and left to bleed at the incident spot on Wednesday.

A military statement said that the Palestinian woman tried to ram her car into a group of Israeli soldiers before leaving the vehicle with a knife near Hizma town, in Jerusalem’s northeast.

According to Israeli media, an Israeli soldier was lightly wounded.

The Palestinian health ministry, in a statement, said the woman died due to her wounds. “The Palestinian civil liaison informed the health ministry of the death of a woman shot by [Israeli forces] in Hizma,” citing the body that collaborates with Israel on military and civilian issues concerning the occupied West Bank.

Videos shared on social media show an abandoned car that supposedly belonged to Afanah at the town entrance.

As per Palestinian media reports, no ambulance came to the scene after she was shot and left bleeding.

Al Jazeera reports that dozens of Palestinians have allegedly been killed by Israeli forces in recent months for attempting to implement car-ramming or stabbing attacks.

Palestinian rights groups have accused Israeli forces of intentionally killing Palestinians who pose no risk to their lives or safety.

Palestinian woman’s incident came amidst the rising tensions following a march in occupied East Jerusalem by Jewish nationalists observing Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967. The rally drew the criticism and anger of Palestinians.

Israel launched airstrikes on the Gaza Strip after incendiary balloons were sent into southern Israel from the surrounded enclave.

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