Palestinian woman shot dead after allegedly attempting to stab Israeli police officer

12:00 May 23 2016 Ras Biddu checkpoint, north of Jerusalem (coordinates unknown at this time)

Palestinian woman shot dead after allegedly attempting to stab Israeli police officer
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian woman was shot and killed after she allegedly attempted to stab an Israeli border policewoman near the Ras Biddu checkpoint north of Jerusalem on Monday.

Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said in a statement that a "female terrorist" allegedly attempted to carry out a stabbing attack, adding that the woman pulled out a knife and attempted to stab a female border guard stationed at the checkpoint. Another officer immediately fired gunshots at the Palestinian woman and "neutralized" her.

Israeli authorities routinely used the term "neutralize" in initial reports to indicate that a suspected attacker is no longer at large, sometimes indicating that the suspect has merely been apprehended or injured, though it is often revealed later to have meant the suspect was killed on the scene.

Al-Samri later confirmed that the Palestinian woman was killed on the scene. No injuries were reported among the Israeli soldiers.

The identity of the slain Palestinian remained unknown on Monday afternoon.

The deadly incident came hours after the bodies of two Palestinians siblings were released to their families -- the last Palestinians to be shot dead by Israeli forces before Monday as part of a wave of unrest which began in the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel in October.

Maram Abu Ismail, a pregnant mother of two, and her teenage brother Ibrahim were shot and killed by a privately contracted Israeli security officer at the notorious Qalandiya checkpoint last month after they allegedly threw a knife in the direction of Israeli forces, despite eyewitness accounts reporting the two had posed no threat to Israeli forces stationed at the site.

The Israeli Justice Ministry’s police investigation into the killings was dropped after it was revealed that a privately contracted security guard had killed the two siblings, rather than an Israeli police officer as had previously been thought.

The recent wave of violence has left nearly 30 Israelis and 200 Palestinians dead since October. According to the UN, investigations showed that Israeli forces have in a number of instances since the unrest begun implementing a policy of extrajudicial execution, shooting dead Palestinians who did not present imminent threat at the time of their death.
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