Palestinian sources say 21 year-old female student shot in the head near Hebron; IDF says fire was used as part of crowd-control measures following riot.
Palestinian sources in the West Bank reported Wednesday that a 21-year-old woman was shot and killed by IDF forces operating near Highway 60, which runs between Hebron and Gush Etzion.
According to the IDF, troops operating in the area had no choice but to use live fire to disperse a riot that saw dozens of Palestinian hurl Molotov cocktails and stones at the forces.
The Palestinians said that two other people were shot as well, suffering mild injuries.
The woman was identified as Lubna Munir Hansh. She was reportedly rushed to a Hebron hospital, where she died of her wounds, after being shot in the head.
According to eyewitnesses, she was standing at a nearby bus stop when she was hit, apparently by a stray bullet.
The Palestinians said that IDF forces prevented Red Crescent ambulances from arriving at the scene and treating the wounded.
The sources insisted that the so-called riot was “nothing more than a peaceful demonstration” and that the demonstrators “Were not provoking the soldiers in any way.
The IDF said that an initial inquiry derived that a military vehicle traveling near al-Arub, southwest of Bethlehem, was attacked with Molotov cocktails and stones; and that the troops returned fire at their assailants.
The military confirmed the Palestinians’ reports of casualties in the incident, adding that the investigation was ongoing.
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