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Israeli troops kill Palestinian carrying knife in West Bank

JERUSALEM (AP) – Israeli troops shot and killed a knife-wielding Palestinian woman in the occupied West Bank yesterday, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

The Israeli military said that an assailant armed with a knife approached a soldier “conducting routine security activity” north of the West Bank city of Hebron and that soldiers opened fire. It said that no soldiers were hurt in the incident.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said the woman, identified as Ghafran Warasna, died after she was shot in the chest near the Al Aroub refugee camp.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Club said that Warasna, 31, was released from Israeli prison in April after serving three months.

Israeli-Palestinian violence has intensified in recent weeks with near-daily arrest raids by the Israeli military in Palestinian-administered areas of the West Bank following a string of deadly attacks by Palestinians.

Mourners hold a funeral for Ghafran Warasna, who was shot in the chest near the Al Aroub refugee camp, north of the West Bank city of Hebron. PHOTO: AP