Israeli soldiers stationed at a military checkpoint, north east of 
Bethlehem, attacked Sawsan Abu Turki, an 18 year-old Palestinian young
woman from the West Bank city of Hebron on Wednesday after stopping a
bus at the checkpoint.

Abu Turki sustained fractures and bruises in here hands when troops attacked her while she was attempting to cross a checkpoint installed at Wadi Al Nar road north east of the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

She was participating in a trip organized by a local women group in Hebron that was planning to visit the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem to mark Lailat al Kader (Night of Destiny), the night Muslims believe God revealed the Koran to the prophet Mohammed.

Sawsan told the Palestinian News Agency, WAFA, that soldiers stopped the bus and checked the identity cards of the passengers.

She was detained and questioned by the soldiers for four hours before they attacked her. She stated that soldiers accused her of planning an attack against Israeli targets, Abu Turki denied the report.

Abu Turki was taken prisoner by the Israeli army several times before for different periods of time, local sources reported.

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