The Israeli military have shot dead a Palestinian woman who locals say was mentally ill, near the Gaza-Israel security barrier. The area near the border is declared a no-go zone by Israel.
The incident happened near the southern city of Khan Younis, late on Friday.
Israel says it maintains the buffer zone to prevent attacks by militants. There have been numerous shootings of Palestinians who breach the area in spite of warnings.
The Israeli military said the woman was part of a group that ignored orders to leave the area, at which point they fired at the legs of the group, hitting one. Gaza authorities and the woman’s neighbours said Amna Qdaih suffered from mental illness and they did not know why she was near the fence.
Ms Qdaih’s body was found and transferred to a hospital early on Saturday. Local authorities claimed she was hit by several bullets.
UN cultural agency Unesco has suspended US voting rights after Washington skipped a deadline for paying its dues. The US stopped its contributions, which make up about a fifth of the agency’s funding, when Unesco gave the Palestinians membership in 2011.
Israel, which halted its dues at the same time, has also had its Unesco voting rights suspended. The US and Israel said admitting the Palestinians was a misguided attempt to bypass the Middle East peace process.
The event affects the entire organization of Unesco and all of it’s members since without the sufficient money, no larger programs can be set in action. Unesco’s loss of $80m a year in US funding has forced it to pare back American-led initiatives, including Holocaust education and a project to restore water facilities in Iraq.
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