Israeli occupation forces shot and injured an elderly Palestinian woman at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, according to Palestinian media reports.
The woman, identified as 60-year-old Fatima Taqatqa, was shot in the leg as she approached the Gush Etzion junction south of Bethlehem, the official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.
The Israeli occupation military claimed that the woman was carrying a knife and attempted to stab an Israeli soldier, but did not provide any evidence to support its allegation.
The woman was taken to a hospital in Jerusalem for treatment, while the checkpoint was closed for several hours, causing traffic jams and delays for Palestinian commuters.
The incident is the latest in a series of violent confrontations between Israeli forces and Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, where tensions have been high since the Israeli occupation launched a crackdown on Palestinian protests against its illegal settlement expansion and forced evictions.
Israeli occupation forces have killed 204 Palestinians since the beginning of 2023. Human rights groups have accused the Israeli occupation of using excessive and disproportionate force against Palestinians, often resulting in unlawful killings and injuries.