Israeli Forces Shoot Young Palestinian Woman at Hebron Checkpoint

HEBRON, September 22, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Tuesday morning shot and injured a Palestinian woman at the Container military checkpoint in central Hebron in the southern West Bank.

Witnesses and local sources told WAFA that Israeli forces stationed at the checkpoint opened direct fire on Hadil al-Hashlamon, 18, while she was crossing the turnstile, injuring her in the abdomen.

Israeli military was reported as alleging that Hadil was shot for attempting to carry out a stabbing attack and that the shooting took place around 8:00  AM.

An Israeli military spokeswoman was also reported as alleging that Hadil approached the checkpoint to carry out the “attack”, when Israeli forces responded by firing “toward the perpetrator”.

Israeli soldiers prevented a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance from approaching the scene and left Hadil bleeding for about half an hour before she was taken by an Israeli ambulance to the illegal Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba.

Local media reported Hadil’s father, Saleh, as denying Israeli media reports that his daughter succumbed to her injuries and as confirming witnesses’ account that she was left bleeding for half an hour.

According to the International Middle East media center, “Hadeel was shot in her abdomen and legs; the army moved her to an Israeli hospital, suffering a serious injury.”

No Israeli soldiers were injured during the incident.

Her father, the head of the Anesthesia Department of the Al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron, and its former General Director, Dr. Salaheddin Hashlamoun, said his daughter is a first-year student at the Hebron University, said the Middle East Center.

Meanwhile, a Palestinian youth was killed on Tuesday after Israeli forces opened fire on him, leaving him to bleed to death, near the village of Kharsa to the south of Hebron.