West Bank violence: Elderly Palestinian woman killed, 2 Israelis seriously injured


(JTA) — A Palestinian 72-year-old woman died of wounds she sustained in what Israeli police said was an attempt to kill soldiers.

Israeli troops stationed outside Hebron shot and seriously injured the woman, whose husband died in clashes with Israeli troops in the 1980s. They said the woman, Tharwat al-Sharawi, had tried to run over them. The soldiers were unharmed.

Later Friday, three Israelis were wounded, one of them severely, in two separate shooting attacks in the Hebron area. In the first incident, a 16-year-old sustained moderate injuries to his torso, according to Ynet. The other casualty from that incident, an 18-year-old man, sustained minor wounds. Army forces are searching for the assailants, who fled the scene.

Shortly after that shooting, a third Israeli was seriously injured in another shooting attack at Anoun Junction just north of Hebron, Ynet reported. The assailants fled the scene.

The son of the 72-year-old woman who was shot earlier in the day, Ayoub, told Ynet that his mother did not intend to kill anyone and that she was shot unprovoked. He was not present at the scene of the incident.

In Gaza, a 23-year-old Palestinian man died after Israeli troops shot him during riots near the fence that separates the Gaza Strip from Israel, Palestinian sources said. According to the Israel Defense Forces, the man breached the no-go zone around the fence amid riots that included the hurling of burning tires and firebombs at troops guarding the fence.

Separately, an Israeli man was severely wounded in a stabbing attack outside a supermarket in the West Bank.

Security forces cordoned off the area Friday at around noon and began searching for the attacker, who escaped the scene, Army Radio reported.

Initial reports said the stabbing victim at the Shaar Binyamin industrial zone, located five miles north of Jerusalem, was being treated by paramedics at the scene, who tried to stop his bleeding before his evacuation to a hospital.

Also Friday, a firebomb was hurled at an Israeli vehicle south of Hebron, near the West Bank settlement of Omarim, Israel Radio reported. No one was hurt in the incident.

Israeli troops searching the site of the attack found a cache of firebombs and some stones.

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