Palestinian girl, 13, shot dead while attempting attack on Israeli settlement guard ‘intended to die’, police claim

Written by | January 24, 2016 | 0

A 13-year-old Palestinian girl who attempted to stab an Israeli security guard has been shot dead in the West Bank.

Police claimed the teenager, named as Ruqayya Abu Eid, was “intending to die” when she travelled to the Anatot settlement near her family home on Saturday morning.

Luba Samri, a spokesperson for Israeli police, said she approached a gate leading to the settlement and ran at a security guard with a knife after he stopped her and asked for identification.

Initial investigations suggested the teenager “had fought with her family and left her home with a knife and intending to die”, she added.

Ruqayya’s father arrived at the scene searching for his daughter to find her dead on the ground. He was arrested and taken for questioning.

But the girl’s mother, Reeda Abu Eid, contradicted the police account.

She said there had been no trouble before her daughter left the family home, a tent in the Palestinian village of Anata.

“Her father works in a farm and Ruqayya used to go to him,” she added.

“I didn’t see her when she left so I expected she had gone to her father. Ruqayya is a small girl, how could she stab someone?”

Photos from the scene appeared to show a knife on the ground near Ruqayya’s body, which was covered by a plastic sheet as forensics officers continued their investigations.

It was the latest in a series of Palestinian attacks and deaths in a surge of violence that started last October.

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