A Palestinian child was shot and wounded by the Israeli military Wednesday morning when she allegedly failed to heed a soldierâs order to âstopâ as she approached a military roadblock.
Israeli troops then locked down the roadblockÂ and transported the wounded child to the Meir Hospital in Kfar Sava.
The child was shot at a roadblockÂ near the illegal Israeli settlement of Alfei Menashe, near Qalqilia in the northern part of the West Bank.
She is the niece of a 24-year old Palestinian woman who was killed in November at a militaryÂ roadblockÂ in the same area. In that incident, 24-year old Rasha Ahmad Hamed âOweissi approached the roadblockÂ from afar, holding a knife in her hand and a suicide letter in her bag. She was shot by a soldier while she was still at least 30 feet away from the roadblock.
Following Wednesdayâs shooting of the young girl, the Israeli military claimed that the girl âtold them during interrogationâ that she had âcome there to dieâ – but Israeli military initial reports on incidents are usually discredited soon after they are made.
The child had no weapon anywhere on her body or in any of her belongings.
The Israeli Prime Minister told his cabinet earlier this week that all soldiers should be ordered to be on âheightened alertâ in preparation for upcoming Jewish holidays.
According to the Israeli daily Haâaretz, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stated, âThe security forces are on heightened alert and I will meet with them today in order to ensure that we will be ready to defend our people during this sensitive periodâ.