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Israeli troops at the scene of the attack near Hizma
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29-year-old Mai Afana

Palestinian woman shot dead after attacking Israeli troops

Palestinian news agency Wafa identify suspected terrorist as 29-year-old Mai Afana, who according to IDF tried to ram a group of soldiers near the village of Hizma and then attempted to stab them before being neutralized

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Published: 06.16.21, 15:04
Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian motorist on Wednesday who tried to ram them in the West Bank and then brandished a knife, the Israeli military said.
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  • The Palestinian health ministry said the woman had died of her injuries. The Palestinian news agency Wafa identified her as 29-year-old Mai Afana, a resident of Abu Dis, a West Bank town on the eastern outskirts of Jerusalem.
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    29-year-old Mai Afana
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    There was no word of Israeli casualties.
    The incident follows a rise in tensions after a Jewish nationalist march in Jerusalem on Tuesday drew the launch of incendiary balloons across the Gaza border and retaliatory Israeli air strikes.
    The Israeli military said the Palestinian woman "attempted to ram" into a number of IDF soldiers working along the separation barrier near the Palestinian village of Hizma, northeast of Jerusalem. The woman then got out of the vehicle and tried to stab the troops.
    "After the car-ramming attempt, the assailant exited her vehicle with a knife drawn ... The soldiers responded with fire towards the assailant and neutralized her," the military said in a statement.
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    Israeli troops at the scene of the attack near Hizma
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    There has been a rise in violent incidents in the West Bank in recent weeks. Last Thursday, Israeli special forces killed an Islamic Jihad militant and two Palestinian security men in an exchange of fire in the northern West Bank city of Jenin.
    Two Palestinians were killed in separate incidents on Friday and Saturday, the first during a clash with Israeli troops in the West Bank and the second while wielding a knife at military checkpoint near Jerusalem.
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