Israeli soldiers open fire, kill Palestinian girl near Hebron: medics

Israeli soldiers open fire, kill Palestinian girl near Hebron: medics
# 24 June 2016 21:43 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Israeli soldiers opened fire on Friday afternoon and shot dead a Palestinian girl near the southern West Bank city of Hebron, Palestinian medics and eyewitnesses said, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

Spokesman of the Palestinian health ministry Mohamed Awawda said in an emailed press statement that the Israeli side officially informed his ministry that a Palestinian girl called Majd al-Khadour is dead.

Awawda said the Israeli soldiers prevented Palestinian ambulances from reaching the girl after she had been shot by Israeli soldiers' gunfire while she was in her car near the Jewish settlement of Keryat Arba'a east of the city.

However, the Israeli media reported that the girl drove a car and she tried to run her car over a group of settlers who were standing at a bus station, adding that the girl's car hit another Israeli car and one Israeli was injured.

The Israeli media reports which quoted Israeli army officials added that right after one Israeli was injured, the soldiers opened fire at the Palestinian car and killed the girl who drove it.

Last Tuesday, a 15-year-old Palestinian teenager was shot dead by Israeli troops' gunfire near the West Bank city of Ramallah. The Israeli army said the boy was killed by mistake.

Meanwhile, Palestinian eyewitnesses said that clashes broke out on Friday afternoon between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers in several West Bank towns and cities.

Medical sources reported that several Palestinians were injured in the clashes, mainly near the city of Qalqilia in northern West Bank.

Tension has been growing since October last year, where 211 Palestinians and 38 Israelis were killed. Tension between the two sides has been growing in protest to Israel's policies of settlement expansion and violations in East Jerusalem.