Israeli security forces shot dead a Palestinian woman brandishing a knife who tried to carry out a stabbing attack on the Gush Ezion junction in the West Bank, south of Jerusalem, the Israeli Defense Forces said on Sunday.
The incident came amid growing tensions over the postponement of the Palestinian elections, as well as unrest over the holy month of Ramadan.
The woman, a 60-year-old resident of the nearby village of Husan, approached a group of soldiers with a knife in her hand and tried to stab the troops, the military said.
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Palestinian media later identified the 60-year-old as Fahima al-Hrub.
A soldier shot her in the leg and she was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem in critical condition, according to the medical organization of the United Hatzala.
There were no casualties among the soldiers, the IDF said.
Footage of the incident, published by the Hebrew media, shows that Al-Hub continued to walk towards the soldiers, even when she was repeatedly shouted at to stop and fired warning shots into the air.
This is what the attempt to stab Gush Katif this morning looked like. The force conducted a suspicious arrest procedure, and when the terrorist disobeyed, they fired into the air and then into her legs. None of the soldiers were injured in the incident. Pic.twitter.com/tj0QyzT1Ec
– Elad Huminer ???????? العاد هومينر (@EladHumi) May 2, 2021
A statement from the ISIS said: “A terrorist armed with a knife arrived at the Gush Etzion crossroads and tried to stab ISIS fighters who were on the scene. A fighter has initiated an engagement protocol that includes shots fired at the terrorist, who has been neutralized. ”
The Gush Etzion junction has been the scene of many Palestinian attacks in recent years, most recently on January 31, when Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian who tried to stab a soldier with an improvised spear.
Police said on Friday that a Palestinian tried to carry out a stabbing attack near the Euphrates crossroads, south of Bethlehem – a few kilometers from the Gush Etzion crossroads – and was shot dead by a local officer and seriously injured.
Tensions in Jerusalem, particularly around the Old City, have been high in recent days after police prevented people from gathering at Damascus’s gates during Ramadan, which critics say is an inflammatory move that hampers a long tradition of gathering at the site. during the holy month. Authorities later repealed the policy.
In addition, in the West Bank, hundreds of Palestinians marched to Israeli checkpoints every night over the past week, leading to clashes.
It is alleged that the ISIS also backed its forces in the West Bank during the month of Ramadan, in the event of violence resulting from the postponement of the Palestinian elections.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced on Thursday night that the first Palestinian national elections in 15 years would be postponed indefinitely, which could cause further tensions in the region.
The vote will be postponed until Israel agrees to allow Palestinians from East Jerusalem to participate, Abbas told a conference of senior Palestinian officials.
The Palestinians were to vote for the Palestinian Legislative Council on May 22, for the first time since 2006. Presidential elections were to follow on July 31, for the first time since 2005.