Photo from the scene, where the IOF killed a young Palestinian girl, January 23.

Palestinian girl shot dead by the IOF, Saturday morning

PNN/Jerusalem

A 13-year-old Palestinian girl was shot dead on Saturday morning by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) in the Anata area, north of occupied Jerusalem, Israeli media reported.

The IOF claimed she tried to stab an Israeli security guard in the illegal settlement of Anatot, north of occupied Jerusalem. The Israeli guard shot her at the scene.

According to the Israeli media, after the Israeli guard on duty approached the girl in order to question her and ask for identification, she drew a knife and attempted to stab the guard.

He opened fire towards her and she died at the scene. The Israeli security guard was not hurt.

The IOF claimed the young girl was holding this knife.
The IOF claimed the young girl was holding this knife.

The head of Anata’s village council,Taha Nuaman, identified the girl as Ruqayya Eid Abu Eid. He said the girl’s family lives in Anata but is originally from the city of Yatta south of Hebron

The current tension situation is ongoing since October first 2015, due to repetitive Israeli settler attacks on Al-Aqsa mosque, the third holiest place in Islam, and Israeli restrictions over Palestinian entrance, in addition to the Duma arson attack which killed a baby and his parents on July, 31.

Moreover, the IOF has been criticized internationally in recent months for its ‘preemptive shootings’ of Palestinians alleged to be holding knives.

In addition, several of the incidents in which the IOF has claimed that they were ‘attacked’ have proven to be false.

To contain these incidents, the Israeli government decided to implement some measures against Palestinians such as road closures, sealing off movement in and out of villages and towns, and arrest campaigns.

Their latest implemented measure was to ban all Palestinian workers from entering illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, preventing work for an estimated 11,000 Palestinians.

Since then, over 160 Palestinians have been killed, including 27 children and now 8 women. Some 15,000 have been injured by live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets and teargas.