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Israeli troops shoot Palestinian girl, seal off 2 villages

15-year-old Istabraq Ahmed Noor was shot 300 meters away from a settlement that Israel claims she intended to attack

Ahram Online , Wednesday 21 Oct 2015
An Israeli solder takes aim, during clashes with Palestinians near Ramallah, West Bank, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 (Photo: AP)
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A 15-year-old Palestinian girl was injured in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday morning after Israeli troops shot her, later claiming she was armed, the Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported.

A Palestinian Authority official, Ghassan Daghlas, said Israel accused 15-year-old Istabraq Ahmed Noor of planning to sneak into an illegal Israeli settlement to stab residents, according to Ma'an.

Noor was shot 300 metres away from of the Yitzhar settlement, Ma'an reported. Middle East Monitor reported that Israeli sources claimed the girl was just 10 meters away from the settlement fence when Israeli soldiers chased her and fired at her hand.

The child was taken to a hospital afterwards, with an anonymous Israeli occupation forces spokesperson saying the teenager "failed to comply" with fired warning shots, according to Ma'an. The spokesperson claimed she was in possession of a knife and a firebomb.

Following the incident Israeli occupation forces effectively sealed off two Palestinian villages south of Nablus, where Noor lives, by establishing checkpoints at their entrances, Ma'an reported.

Elsewhere in the occupied Palestinian territories, which are witnessing ongoing Palestinian protests and repression, Israeli settlers on Tuesday attacked a 14-year-old Palestinian boy near Jenin Saqir.

Saqir Mahmoud Hirzallah and his friends were attacked while collecting olives in fields owned by the boy's family. His friends managed to escape unharmed.

The current wave of protests and repression started in late July when 18-month old toddler Ali Dawabsha was burned to death and three other Palestinians severely injured after their house in the occupied West Bank was set on fire by Israeli settlers.

The parents of the toddler, Riham and Saad, and their other son Ahmad, later lost their lives after suffering serious injuries in the arson.

Palestinians have also been protesting repeated illegal Israeli and Jewish settler attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque and the closing of the Muslim holy site to worshippers on numerous occasions. Protests have taken place in occupied East Jerusalem, the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week in Germany. The US diplomat is also expected to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordanian King Abdullah II, but details of that meeting are yet to be confirmed.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon met with Israeli government members, including Netanyahu, on Tuesday and with Abbas earlier on Wednesday, calling on both sides – only one of which has a sophisticated military apparatus - to avoid falling into a "dangerous abyss".

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