Middle East

Elderly Palestinian woman dies after Israeli raid

A Palestinian woman looks at damage in her house, which she said was searched by Israeli troops, in Haska valley near the West Bank city of Hebron June 24, 2014. REUTERS/ Mussa Qawasma

HEBRON, West Bank: An elderly Palestinian woman died Thursday of a heart attack after Israeli forces raided her home in the West Bank city of Hebron in search for three missing Jewish settlers, eyewitnesses said.

Fatma Rushdie, 63, died at Hebron General Hospital Thursday morning after she suffered a heart attack during the Israeli raid on her home in Al-Arroub refugee camp.

Israeli forces had first refused to allow Rushdie's transfer to the hospital, which further worsened her condition, according to eyewitnesses.

Tension has mounted in the Palestinian territories as Israeli forces continue to stage airstrikes on the Gaza Strip and carry out arrest campaigns in the occupied West Bank against the backdrop of ongoing search operations.

Israel accuses Gaza-based Hamas movement of kidnapping the three settlers, who went missing from a Jewish settlement in the West Bank two weeks ago - a claim the Palestinian resistance faction denies.

Since the trio was first reported missing in mid-June, at least eight Palestinians have been killed and hundreds arrested - including several Hamas-affiliated lawmakers.

No group has thus far claimed responsibility for the settlers' disappearance.





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