The attacker, named as Ruqayya Abu Eid, had fought with her family and left her home ‘with a knife and intending to die’.
The knife-wielding teen ran toward a security guard at the entrance to Anatot settlement, near her family home, and he opened fire at her.
Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the teen, named as Ruqayya Abu Eid, had fought with her family and left her home ‘with a knife and intending to die’
But members of Ruqayya’s family contradicted the police’s account saying there had been no trouble at home before the teen left with the knife
Ruqayya’s father arrived at the scene after the incident and was arrested. Other members of her family, however, contradicted the police’s account.
The teen’s mother, Reeda Abu Eid, said there had been no trouble before her daughter left the family home, a tent in the Palestinian village Anata.
‘Her father works in a farm and Ruqayya used to go to him. I didn’t see her when she left so I expected she had gone to her father,’ she said. ‘Ruqayya is a small girl, how could she stab someone?’
Pictures from the ground appeared to show a knife on the ground near Ruqayya’s body.
Israeli lawmaker Esawi Freige, from the left-wing Meretz party, criticised the killing of the 13-year-old.
‘Even if she had a knife, it would have been possible to arrest a girl that age instead of killing her,’ he said.’Instead of attacking the Swedish foreign minister and claiming that her comments are detached from reality, Netanyahu should check what’s happening in his country and how children are being killed without a trial.’
In the past few months, Israeli forces have killed at least 149 Palestinians, 95 of them assailants according to authorities.
A Israeli soldier stands by near the scene of the incdident which took place close to Anatot settlement
The teen, named as Ruqayya Abu Eid, had fought with her family and left her home ‘with a knife and intending to die’, according to Israeli police
Most the others have died in violent protests. Almost daily stabbings, shootings and car-ramming attacks by Palestinians have killed 25 Israelis and a U.S. citizen.
Many of the Palestinian assailants have been teenagers.
On Sunday, an Israeli mother of six was stabbed to death at her home in a West Bank settlement and a 15-year-old Palestinian was arrested for the attack. On Monday Israeli troops shot and wounded a 17-year-old Palestinian who had stabbed and wounded a pregnant Israeli woman in a settlement.
The bloodshed has been fuelled by various factors including frustration over the 2014 collapse of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and the growth of Jewish settlements on land Palestinians seek for an independent state.
Palestinian leaders have said that with no breakthrough on the horizon, desperate youngsters see no future ahead. Israel says young Palestinians are being incited to violence by their leaders and Islamist groups that call for Israel’s destruction.