Palestinian Carrying a Knife Shot Dead by Guard at West Bank Checkpoint, Israeli Police Say

A private security guard shot the 28-year-old woman – who had served time in Israeli jail for attempted stabbing – after he called on her to stop, according to the police's account of the incident at Qalandiyah

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Israeli forces approach a woman shot dead after alleged stabbing attempt at Qalandiyah checkpoint near Jerusalem, on Saturday.
Israeli forces approach a woman shot dead after alleged stabbing attempt at Qalandiyah checkpoint near Jerusalem, on Saturday.Credit: Ammar Awad/Reuters

An Israeli security guard on Saturday shot and killed a Palestinian  woman who police said was carrying a knife, claiming she planned to attack forces at the Qalandiyah checkpoint, near Jerusalem.

According to the police statement, the 28-year-old Palestinian from the Jericho area was running toward forces at the checkpoint with a knife in her hand.

A private security guard stationed at Qalandiyah called on her to stop and shot her after she kept racing toward the checkpoint, police said. Several amateur videos captured by Palestinians at the crossing showed the woman lying on the ground at the Israeli side of the crossing. 

Police also distributed a photograph of the knife they said she was carrying.

The Palestinian Prisoners Club identified the woman as Ibtisam Ka'abneh from the Aqabat Jaber refugee camp, who in June 2018 was released after serving an 18-month prison time for attempted stabbing.

Ibtisam Ka'abneh in an undated photo shared on social media.Credit: Quds Network

Qalandia is the main crossing point for Palestinian residents of the West Bank entering Israel, especially those bound for Jerusalem. The checkpoint is operated by private security firms, but Israeli police deploy after violent incidents.

The official Palestinian news agency, Wafa, reported that Israeli forces closed the crossing point on both sides.

According to a tally by the Associated Press, Ka'abneh was the fifth Palestinian to be killed by Israeli security forces in the West Bank this week.

On Friday, A 15-year-old Palestinian was killed in clashes with the Israeli army near Nablus in the West Bank, the Palestinian Red Crescent said.

The clashes erupted as Palestinians were protesting the establishment of the new unauthorized outpost of Evyatar near Nablus.

In the early hours of Thursday, Two Palestinian intelligence officials were killed by Israeli gunfire in the West Bank, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

Also on Thursday, Israeli police used stun grenades to disperse a crowd of several hundred Palestinians who gathered near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City to protest against far-right lawmaker Itamar Ben-Gvir.

Ben-Gvir's protest followed a cabinet decision to postpone the Flag March through Jerusalem, initially planned for Thursday but canceled after police said they wouldn’t allow it to pass through the Old City’s Muslim Quarter, citing security concerns.

The march is now set to take place on Tuesday, but the cabinet has yet to decide on an alternate route. The police have drafted an outline that would bypass the flash points in the Muslim Quarter. One option under examination is re-routing the march through Jaffa Gate, from which it will continue to the Western Wall.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

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