Israeli forces have shot and killed a pregnant Palestinian woman and her 16-year-old brother on claims that they tried to carry out a stab attack on border police at Qalandiya military checkpoint.
Israeli regime officials claims the two Palestinians approached a road leading through a military checkpoint and walked towards border police officers at the Qalandiya checkpoint between al-Quds (Jerusalem) and the city of Ramallah.
Officers ordered them to halt several times and they began to turn back before police said the woman threw a knife at an officer. Police opened fire, killing the woman immediately. The youth’s death was confirmed shortly after.
Witnesses say Israeli forces fired more than 15 rounds into the woman’s body, confirming her death.
Witnesses are heard in video footage of the scene following the incident claiming that a Palestinian boy approached the woman after she was killed, before being shot by Israeli forces as well.
The Palestinian Red Crescent says Israeli regime forces denied Palestinian paramedic’s access to the woman and child for medical treatment.
The Palestinians were identified as 24-year-old mother of two Maram Salih Hassan Abu Ismail, and her 16-year-old brother Ibrahim, according to a Palestinian military liaison. The siblings were from the West Bank town of Qatuna.
Like in most such incidents, no Israelis were injured thus confirming reports that the shootings are unprovoked acts of state-sponsored terrorism.
Tensions have been running high in the West Bank after Israel’s imposition in August 2015 of restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound. The mosque in East al-Quds is the third holiest site in Islam.
Nearly 215 Palestinians, including children and women, have been killed by Israeli forces since the outbreak of tensions in the occupied Palestinian territories last October. Some 30 Zionists, mostly Israeli regime troops, have also lost their lives in Palestinian revenge attacks.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently said that it was “human nature” for Palestinians to react violently to Israel’s decades-long military occupation, and urged change in Israel’s policies in the occupied territories.