Israeli police kill teenage Palestinian girl for “attempted stabbing”

Fatima Afif Abd al-Rahman Hjeiji, 16.

Israeli police shot dead a 16-year-old Palestinian girl in Jerusalem for allegedly trying to stab them.

The incident took place in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem last Sunday.

Israeli police claimed the teenage girl attempted to carry out a stabbing attack.

Israeli police spokeswoman, Luba al-Samri, said that the teenager was shot after she approached Israeli police officers stationed at the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City while holding a knife.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health identified the girl as Fatima Afif Abd al-Rahman Hjeiji, 16, from the Ramallah-area village of Qarawat Bani Zeid.

Al-Samri later confirmed that she had been killed, identifying her as a 16-year-old Palestinian from the Ramallah district of the occupied West Bank.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said in a statement that no police officers had been injured in the alleged attack, adding that Israeli police had cordoned off the area and were investigating the incident.

According to Ma’an News, Hjeiji is the 20th Palestinian to have been killed by Israelis in 2017 alone, seven of whom were under the age of 16.

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