The government of Turkey on Monday condemned the killing of a Palestinian woman by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank, calling for a thorough investigation to bring the culprits to the justice.
“We strongly condemn that a civilian Palestinian woman, Ghada Sabateen, although she posed no threat to them, was shot to death without any warning by the Israeli security forces,” Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Turkey called on the Israeli authorities to investigate the incident impartially and thoroughly, bring those “responsible to justice as soon as possible and take the necessary measures to prevent the recurrence of such inhumane actions.”
The Palestinian Health Ministry said that the woman, 35, was shot by Israeli forces and died from her wounds.
Palestinian Prime Minister, Mohammed Shtayyeh also condemned the killing of the Palestinian woman and held the Israeli government fully responsible for the “consequences of this heinous crime.”
“The organized state terrorism practiced by Israel requires international human rights organizations to condemn it and take the necessary measures to halt it,” Shtayyeh said.
However, the Israeli army said that the woman had run toward soldiers at a position near Bethlehem and ignored their call or warning shots to stop.
“When the suspect continued approaching, the soldiers fired towards the suspect’s lower body,” the military said, adding that no weapon had been found on the woman and that the incident was being investigated.
Israeli forces have been on high alert following a string of attacks that have killed 14 people in Israel since late March.
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