Jerusalem, Dec 25: A Palestinian woman tried to ram a car into Israeli border guards in a village in the occupied West Bank today, before being shot dead, the police said. “An attempted attack to ram a car into border guards deployed in the village of Silwad (northwest of Ramallah) failed. The border guards spotted the terrorist… fired on her and killed her,” a police spokesman said in a statement. Also Read - Netanyahu Says New Govt Will be Sworn-in With Pledge of Israeli Sovereignty Over West Bank
Palestinian security sources identified the woman as Mahdiyah Hammad, a 38-year-old originally from Silwad. The attempted car-ramming came shortly after a Palestinian was killed in clashes with Israeli forces near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, said a spokesman for the Palestinian health ministry of the Hamas-ruled coastal enclave. Also Read - Israel Will Build 300 New Settler Homes in West Bank: Benjamin Netanyahu
The ministry said Hani Wahdan, 22, was killed as he was throwing stones near the Nahal Oz crossing point. Around 40 Palestinians were wounded in the clashes that took place at several points along the barrier that separates Israel from the Gaza Strip. An Israeli army spokeswoman reported that “hundreds of Palestinians” took part in the clashes. Also Read - Israel Demolishes Palestinian Homes in East Jerusalem Despite Protests
The Palestinians were “attempting to damage the security fence by throwing rocks and hurling burning tyres at it. Forces on the site responded to the immediate danger of infiltration (into Israel) asking them to halt and firing warning shots,” the spokeswoman said.
“But because of the ongoing violence and the threat to nearby (Israeli) communities they fired towards the main instigators,” she said. A wave of violence since the start of October has claimed the lives of 131 on the Palestinian side, 19 Israelis, an American and an Eritrean. Many of the Palestinians killed have been attackers while others have been shot dead by Israeli security forces during clashes.
A number of them have attempted attacks with kitchen knives in what some analysts have described as virtual suicide missions. Palestinians have grown frustrated with Israel’s occupation, the complete lack of progress in peace efforts and their own fractured leadership. Pope Francis, the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics also used the traditional “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) address to urge Israelis and Palestinians to resume “direct dialogue,” saying that their conflict had “serious repercussions” on the Middle East.