Security forces from the occupying power, Israel, have shot and killed two Palestinian women over the last four days.
Yesterday, Mai Afanah was killed in north Jerusalem (or al-Quds, as it is known in Arabic) by Israeli security services.
Mai Afanah was pursuing a doctorate in psychology at Mu’tah University, in Jordan. Originally from Abu Dis, in occupied East Jerusalem, she was 29 years old. Palestinian media have reported that no ambulance was called for Afanah after she was shot.
The Palestinian Minister of Health confirmed details of Afanah’s killing.
Afana is one of dozens of Palestinians shot over the last months at various border crossings across historic Palestine. These crossings are used by the occupying power to control Palestinians, including their access to work, healthcare, education, and their families.
Last Saturday, Israeli security forces shot and killed Ibtissam Kaabneh, aged 28 years-old. Kaabneh was crossing between the occupied West Bank and Israel, at the Qalandiya crossing. She was killed because she “kept walking”, according to Israeli police.
Kaabneh was a parent. No emergency services were allowed to attend to her, eyewitnesses report.
And, only last Thursday, Israeli special forces killed three Palestinians, two of whom were members of the Palestinian security forces, in Jenin, in the occupied West Bank.
Yesterday Israel launched a number of aerial bombardments against besieged Gaza, following an 11 day-long bombardment in mid-May, during which over 250 Palestinians were killed, including over 50 children.
Arab Organisation for Human Rights in the UK (AHOR UK) has called for the international community to urgently intervene in the situation to protect Palestinian lives.