Israel’s occupation forces killed a young woman at the Qalandiya checkpoint between occupied East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank on the morning of Wednesday September 18th, a day after an underage teenager was shot and critically wounded on West Bank.
The site of Wednesday’s incident is northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, at the main crossing between it and occupied West Bank in Qalandiya.
28-year-old Alaa Nafeth Wahdan from the Qalandiya refugee camp was shot by Israel’s occupation forces and left to bleed to death after she would have allegedly refused to san order from the occupation forces to stop and would have ‘pulled a knife’. In some Israeli media sources it was also claimed that she would have ‘tried to stab’.
In a video capturing her shooting and its immediate aftermath she stands five to six meters away from a group of men armed with automatic rifles when she is shot. No effort to give immediate first aid is made, although she is bleeding profusely. According to Palestinian press sources, medical personnel was not allowed to reach her.
A claim that she would have been alive when taken to a hospital in West Jerusalem, where she would have later died has been contested; according to more recent reports she was immediately announced dead on arrival to a hospital. An unconfirmed report says she was shot in leg. Considering that it was a fatal wound, it’s likely she was hit in an artery.
In similar manner in earlier reports her age was erroneously given as 50 or 51. At that point her name was yet to be announced.
The exact identity of the men who shot her is unclear; although claimed to be ‘Israeli police’ and ‘Israeli soldiers’ in most sources, they could be private security guards, who have killed people in Qalandiya before – Israel having outsourced parts of the occupation, with Israeli occupation forces claiming it lacks jurisdiction to prosecute the security guards in such cases.
It appears Wahdan was on a lane intended for cars, not pedestrians, as although one source claims she was on the pedestrian walkway, a video showing her shooting appears to have been filmed from inside of a car.
Most people shot at Qalandiya in similar circumstances have been pedestrians who have ended up on a wrong lane, the arrangement at the checkpoint claimed to be confusing to people who don’t know it well.
Claim of a shot person having a knife has been made in most of the fatal and non-fatal shootings, but proven wrong. In this case Israeli occupation forces’ member is seen on video kicking something away from Wahdan after she has collapsed on the ground, and Israeli occupation forces’ spread a photograph of a small, bloody knife – apparently covered in her own blood.
AL MAZRA’A AL-GHARBIYA
Underage teenager Karim Nawara was shot in chest and critically wounded in the village of al-Mazra’a al-Gharbiya, north of the city of Ramallah, on the occupied West Bank on Tuesday September 17th.
Different sources give his age as 13 or 16.
Karim was wounded during a joint attack against the village by Israel’s occupation soldiers and illegal Israeli settlers, and it’s unknown whether he was shot by an occupation soldier or an illegal settler, although most sources mention the former.
In the Tuesday evening his condition in hospital in Ramallah was described as ‘very critical’
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