Palestinian Woman Shot, Wounded at West Bank Checkpoint After Reportedly Refusing to Stop

Guards at the Qalandiyah checkpoint say the woman attempted to proceed through in an area reserved for motor vehicles while carrying an object that aroused their suspicions.

Palestinian women proceeding through the Qalandiyah checkpoint in June 2016.
Majdi Mohammed / AP

Security guards shot and wounded a Palestinian woman on Monday at a West Bank checkpoint north of Jerusalem. Police said the woman, in her 20s, attempted to proceed through the checkpoint in lanes reserved for motor vehicles and aroused the guards' suspicion.

The woman, from the village of Kafr Aqab located in Jeruslem's municipal boundaries, was lightly wounded.

Police said guards at the checkpoint saw that she was holding an object that aroused their suspicion and ordered her to stop. When she failed to do so, despite repeated warnings, and instead proceeded towards them, she was shot, according to guards at the scene. The woman was taken to Hadassah University Hospital in Ein Karem in Jerusalem.

Israeli forces fired stun grenades after a crowd gathered at the checkpoint following the incident. The staff at the Ramallah Government Hospital in the West Bank reported receiving a 65-year-old woman injured by a stun grenade.

In recent months, there have been a number of incidents in which women approached the Qalandiyah checkpoint on foot through the vehicle lanes, apparently attempting to carry out an attack on security forces there. Notable among them was the case of a 23-year-old woman, Maram Abu Ismayil, and her 16-year-old brother Ibrahim, who were shot to death in April of last year by civilian security guards.

Video footage of the incident reportedly shows that Maram brandished a knife which she threw at the guards, after which the guards opened fire. Her brother was unarmed and tried to stop her. About four months ago, the prosecutor's office decided to close their investigation against the security guards who had fired at the pair, citing insufficient evidence of wrongdoing.