A Palestinian girl was shot and injured by a Jewish settler on Wednesday near an entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem after she allegedly tried to stab him, according to Israeli media reports.
The girl was seriously wounded in the incident while the Jewish settler sustained moderate injuries, Israeli media reported.
According to Israeli police, the girl was shot by the settler near the Old City’s Al-Sbat Gate, after which she was taken to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Medical Center.
Palestinian eyewitnesses, however, told Anadolu Agency that girl – who, they said, had not been holding a knife – was attacked for no reason by the Jewish settler.
After the girl threw the settler to the ground, Palestinian witnesses said, the latter drew a gun a shot her four times.
In a related development on Wednesday, a young Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli troops after he reportedly stabbed an Israeli soldier near the Jewish-only Kiryat Gat Settlement south of the West Bank city of Hebron.
According to Israeli police, the soldier sustained moderate injuries.
The latest violence comes following an incident on Sunday in which two Israelis and Palestinian were killed in another reported knife attack in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem.
Ongoing tension in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem was exacerbated last week by the killing of two Jewish settlers near the Jewish-only Itamar Settlement near the West Bank city of Nablus.
Over the past five days, several violent clashes have erupted between Palestinian youths and Israeli troops in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, over the course of the last week alone, two Palestinians have been killed by Israeli gunfire and at least 750 injured.