Israeli guard shoots dead Palestinian woman; was wielding knife, police claim

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    An Israeli guard shot and killed a Palestinian woman holding a knife at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank on Saturday, police said.

    There was no immediate comment from Palestinian officials on the incident, which occurred at the Qalandiya crossing near the city of Ramallah.

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    Police said the 28-year-old woman approached the crossing and “ran towards the forces holding a knife”.

    “A political security guard who acknowledged what contributed called her to stop several times,” police said in a statement, adding that when the woman continued to move forward, “the security guard fired several shots.”

    Police distributed a photo of the knife they said he was carrying.

    Israeli-Palestinian violence erupted last month in intense 11-day fighting between Israeli and Palestinian militants in Gaza. A fragile truce continues to a large extent, although the tension remains high.

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