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Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian woman in Jerusalem

May 28, 2018 12:43 P.M. (Updated: May 29, 2018 11:17 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli border police shot and injured a Palestinian woman in occupied East Jerusalem’s Shufat neighborhood on Sunday night.

Witnesses told Ma’an that the woman, whose identity remained unknown, sustained injuries after being shot in the leg by Israeli border police officers near the light rail station in Shufat.

Israeli news website Ynet reported that the soldiers said “their suspicion was aroused after the woman started slowly approaching them, who was wearing a Burqa, which they feared may be concealing a weapon or an explosive device.”

“After the woman failed to heed their calls to stop, the security forces opened fire, aiming at her legs,” Ynet said.

In a video recorded of the shooting, the Israeli soldiers can be seen pointing their weapons at the woman while yelling at her before shooting her a single time, causing her to fall to the ground.

Ynet added that after Israeli forces found no weapons on the woman, and that an investigation was being opened into the shooting.

Local sources told Ma’an that Israeli forces sealed the entire area following the shooting, preventing people from approaching the girl, while additional forces deployed heavily around the scene.

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