Unarmed Palestinian woman shot by Israeli forces (VIDEO) — Analysis
A 47-year-old Palestinian woman has been shot to death in the West Bank after allegedly approaching Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers in a “suspicious manner” on Sunday, the IDF reported.
“In a suspected arrest operation, which included firing into air, the soldiers opened fire. She continued to fire at the soldiers, even though she didn’t stop.,” the IDF said in a statement on Sunday.
Ghada Ibrahim Ali Al-Sabateen (47 years old) can be seen raising her arms and moving quickly in footage shared to social media.
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The footage does not show the IDF soldiers firing into the air or provide any other context for the woman’s approach, and it is filmed at enough of a distance to make any exchange of words between the two parties difficult to hear. However, the Times of Israel quotes a member of the local council, who claims al-Sabateen refused soldiers’ calls to stop.
Al-Sabateen was knocked down by bullets and is seen initially sitting up. The footage then ends with her lying on the ground. It is evident that the soldiers from Israel covered her in cardboard. Their statement also claims that she received first aid.
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After the shooting, six-year-old mother was rushed by Palestinian medics to Beit Jala’s hospital. She had been bleeding from an artery in her leg. Her death was ultimately due to blood loss.
Israeli soldiers also carried out large raids in West Bank. They arrested 20 Palestinians and wounded 11. They claimed those arrested were involved in “Terrorist Activities.” The country has experienced multiple shootings over the past weeks, though not all of them have been terror-related.
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