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13-Year-Old Palestinian Girl Shot After Ignoring Orders To Halt

JERUSALEM — A Palestinian teen was shot in the leg after she ignored instructions to stop at a West Bank checkpoint.

A civilian checkpoint guard first fired a warning shot in the air, and then aimed at the legs of the girl, 13, after border guards repeatedly called on her to stop and she began to reach under her shirt, the Defense Ministry told Israeli media.

The incident was first believed to be a stabbing attack, but security officials who searched the teen and the bag she was carrying did not find a knife or explosives.

The girl, from the nearby Palestinian city of Qalqilya, said during questioning “I came to die,” according to the Defense Ministry.  She is hospitalized in Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba in central Israel.

The incident comes as a new surge of Palestinian violence against Israeli security forces and civilians began last week after a period of relative calm in a wave of violence that began at the start of Rosh Hashanah last year.

The teen’s aunt, Rasha Owaisi, 23, was shot by security guards and killed at the same checkpoint last November after she approached the guards waving a knife, the Times of Israel reported. The aunt left a suicide note.


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