Israeli forces shoot Palestinian woman at West Bank crossing

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Israeli soldiers stand guard at the entrance of Yatta near the West Bank city of Hebron June 9, 2016.

QALANDIYA, Palestinian Territories - A Palestinian woman suspected of intending to attack Israeli guards at a West Bank checkpoint into Jerusalem was shot and injured by security forces on Monday, police said.

The 30-year-old woman walked towards the guards at the Qalandiya checkpoint using the vehicles-only lane "all the time clutching her handbag in a way that made them suspicious", police spokeswoman Luba Samri wrote in a statement.

She had ignored repeated orders to halt and they opened fire.

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The Palestinian woman was lightly injured and taken by Israeli ambulance for medical treatment, Samri added, without specifying if any suspicious items were found in her handbag.

Since a wave of violence broke out in October 2015,  252 Palestinians, 41 Israelis, two Americans, a Jordanian, an Eritrean and a Sudanese have died.

Most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks, according to Israeli authorities, with others killed during protests, or in clashes or Israeli air raids on Gaza.

The rate of attacks has declined sharply in recent months.

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