Israeli forces have shot and killed a young Palestinian woman after her car crashed into a station wagon near the entrance of an illegal Israeli settlement in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.
The shooting was carried out at the Elias Junction, a popular hitch-hiking destination in close proximity to the entrance of the Kiryat Arba settlement on the outskirts of the city of al-Khalil (Hebron), located 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of al-Quds (Jerusalem), on Friday afternoon.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health identified the slain woman as Majd al-Khadour. Israeli sources said she was 18 years old.
Two Israelis, reportedly a man and a woman in their 50s, sustained light injuries in the accident, and were transported to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in al-Quds for treatment.
An unnamed Israeli army spokesperson said Israeli forces fired several shots at the Palestinian woman after she allegedly carried out a car-ramming attack.
Photos published by the Palestinian media outlets show a red car whose front had been badly damaged in what appeared to be a collision. There were a number of bullet holes through the windshield as well.
Khadour's killing came only four day after Israeli forces shot and killed 15-year-old Palestinian teenager Mahmoud Badran and seriously injured four others.
The Israeli military initially said that Badran was “neutralized” for allegedly throwing stones at moving vehicles between the villages of Beit Sira and Beit Ur in the West Bank.
It later admitted that the teenagers were mistakenly targeted and had no connection to the stone-throwing incident.
The occupied Palestinian territories have been the scene of heightened tensions since August 2015, when Israel imposed restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds.
The al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site for Muslims Islam after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina.
Palestinians are angry at increasing violence by Israeli settlers at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound and their attacks on Palestinian property, saying the Tel Aviv regime seeks to change the status quo of the sacred site.
Nearly 220 Palestinians have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli forces in what is regarded as the third Palestinian Intifada (uprising) since the beginning of last October.