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Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian woman over alleged stabbing attack

In this file picture, Israeli troops stand at a checkpoint near the Cave of the Patriarchs in al-Khalil (Hebron) in the occupied West Bank on January 19, 2018. (Photo by The Times of Israel)

Israeli military forces have shot and critically injured a Palestinian woman in the southern part of the West Bank as tensions continue in the occupied Palestinian territories as part of the aftermath of US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s capital and the relocation of the US embassy to the occupied city.

Israeli media outlets alleged that the unidentified Palestinian, believed to be in her 30's, sought to stab an officer at the Cave of the Patriarchs in al-Khalil (Hebron), located 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of Jerusalem al-Quds, on Wednesday.

Israeli police reported that the woman – a resident of the Palestinian town of Idhna, located 13 kilometers (8 miles) west of al-Khalil, approached the officer and was questioned. After purportedly retrieving a knife from her bag, a stand-off occurred with police officers who rushed to the scene.

The Palestinian woman then allegedly charged toward the police, and was neutralized after a police officer opened fire.

She was then evacuated to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem al-Quds in critical condition.

No Israeli troops or civilians were injured in the attempted attack.

On December 21, 2017, the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly voted in favor of a resolution that called on the United States to withdraw its controversial recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israeli “capital.”

In an attempt to prevent the passing of the resolution, Trump threatened reprisals against countries that backed the measure, which had earlier faced a US veto at the UN Security Council.

Israel, however, rejected the world body’s resolution while thanking Trump for his decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem al-Quds.

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