Israeli occupation forces shot and killed a 16-year-old Palestinian girl in the Old City of occupied East Al-Quds (Jerusalem) early on Sunday evening.
Israeli occupation police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said that the teenager was shot after she approached Israeli police officers stationed at the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City, claiming she was holding a knife.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health identified the girl as Fatima Afif Abd al-Rahman Hjeiji, 16, from the Ramallah-area village of Qarawat Bani Zeid.
Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said in a statement that no occupation police officers had been injured in the alleged attack, adding that Israeli police had cordoned off the area and were investigating the incident.
According to Palestinian news agency, Ma’an documentation, Hjeiji is the 20th Palestinian to have been killed by Israeli occupation forces since the beginning of the year, seven of whom were minors.
Though Israeli forces often claimed that Palestinians were allegedly attempting to carry out stabbing attacks when they were shot and killed, Palestinians and rights groups have disputed Israel’s version of events in a number of cases.