Israeli forces have shot and killed a Palestinian woman in the Israeli-occupied Old City of al-Quds (Jerusalem) over an alleged stabbing attack.
Israeli media claimed the woman, in her fifties, was attempting to stab Israeli forces near Damascus Gate, a main entrance to al-Quds, on Tuesday.
Fierce clashes erupted between Palestinian youths and Israeli troops following the shooting, according to Quds Net News Agency.
Meanwhile, Israeli forces arrested 18 young Palestinians in the West Bank on Tuesday.
The occupied Palestinian territories have been the scene of heightened tensions. The uptick in tensions was triggered by Israel’s imposition in August 2015 of restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds (Jerusalem).
Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina.
The restrictions have enraged Palestinians, who are also angry at increasing violence by Israeli settlers frequently storming the al-Aqsa Mosque.
The Palestinians say the Tel Aviv regime seeks to change the status quo of the compound.
At least 193 Palestinians, including children and women, have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli forces since the beginning of last October.