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Israeli Forces Kill Unarmed, Mentally Ill Palestinian Woman Amna Qdaih at Gaza Barrier

IDF troops near the border fence. (Photo: Michael Loadenthal)

IDF troops near the border fence. (Photo: Michael Loadenthal)

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) troops shot and killed a mentally ill Palestinian woman in Gaza near the barrier separating the territory from Israel, a declared “no-go” zone for Palestinians.

Haaretz reports 50-year-old Amna Qdaih had approached the security fence separating Gaza from Israel near the village of Khan Younis late on Friday. IDF officials said Qdaih was part of a group of Palestinians that ignored Israeli orders to leave the area, which is Palestinian territory, and that their orders were ignored. Israeli troops fired at the legs of the Palestinians, hitting one of them. Qdaih’s body was found and transferred to a local hospital.

The slain woman’s relatives told reporters that due to her health and mental condition, Qdaih had gotten lost on her way home from a wedding. They said that she apparently did not realize she was so close to the fence before IDF troops shot her dead.

Local Palestinian authorities claimed Qdaih had been shot several times, BBC reports.

Qdaih’s death comes just days after the leading global human rights group Amnesty International released a new report accusing “trigger-happy” Israeli forces of “callous disregard for human life by killing dozens of Palestinian civilians, including children” in the illegally-occupied West Bank over the past three years with “near total impunity.”

The Amnesty report also stated that Israeli actions may amount to “war crimes.”

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