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Israeli forces shoot Palestinian woman in West Bank

Israeli forces have shot a Palestinian woman near an illegal Jewish settlement bloc in the southern occupied West Bank.

The incident took place on Monday at a crossroads in south of Bethelhem.

Israeli police sources claim the woman was shot after she stabbed an Israeli soldier near the Gush Etzion settlement.

Police reports say the solider also suffered minor injuries. Further details have not yet been released.

Individual attacks have been on the rise recently since clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces intensified in the occupied West Bank over the regime’s recent desecration of al-Aqsa Mosque as well as Israel’s new settlement construction plans.

The al-Aqsa Mosque has been the scene of clashes between Palestinian worshippers and Israeli settlers and troops in the past few weeks. Tel Aviv has repeatedly imposed fresh restrictions on the access of Palestinians to the holy site.

The al-Aqsa compound, which lies in the Israeli-occupied Old City of al-Quds, is a flashpoint. The location of the compound, known to Jews as Temple Mount, is the holiest site in Judaism. The mosque is Islam’s third-holiest site after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.

Although the United Nations and most countries around the world consider Israeli settlements on Palestinian lands to be illegal, Tel Aviv continues to build more units.

Last month, Israel announced plans to construct 78 settlement units in the occupied Palestinian territories of the West Bank.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds in 1967.

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