Palestinians: Israeli forces kill a woman during a raid in the West Bank

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TEL AVIV, Israel – Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian woman during a raid in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Health Ministry said Monday.

The Israeli army said soldiers opened fire on a vehicle speeding towards them after signaling that it should stop, adding that the incident was under investigation.

The identity of the woman was unclear, according to the Palestinian Civil Affairs Authority, which liaises with Israel on such incidents.

The Palestinian Health Ministry initially identified her as 19-year-old Sanaa al-Tal. But the Civil Affairs Authority later said that was incorrect and they were still seeking details of his identity. The incident happened in the town of Beitunia, where the military said troops were arresting.

Palestinians and rights groups accuse Israeli soldiers of using excessive force against Palestinians, without being held accountable. The military says it faces complex and life-threatening scenarios.

In a separate incident, Israeli police said a soldier shot an Israeli in the town of Ra’anana, north of Tel Aviv. Police said the soldier suspected the man was about to carry out an attack. Israeli media said the man was later pronounced dead.

Israeli-Palestinian tensions have been high for months, with the Israeli military carrying out nighttime raids in the West Bank since the spring, when a series of attacks on Israelis killed 19 people.

More than 130 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli-Palestinian fighting in the West Bank and East Jerusalem this year, making 2022 the deadliest since 2006. The Israeli military says most of the Palestinians killed were militants. But young stone throwers protesting the incursions and others not involved in the clashes were also killed.

The military raids have prompted a series of Palestinian shooting attacks, killing at least four more Israelis in recent weeks.

Israel says the raids are intended to dismantle militant networks and thwart future attacks. The Palestinians say the raids are meant to cement Israel’s 55-year indefinite occupation of the land they want for the state they hope for.

Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East War, along with the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. The Palestinians seek the three territories for their future independent state.

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