Fatima Taqatqa

May 20, 2017: Fatima Jibril Taqatqa, 15, died from serious wounds she suffered on March 15, 2017, when an Israeli soldier shot her after she lost control of a car she was driving and struck a median at the Etzion settlement junction south of Bethlehem in the West Bank.

Eyewitnesses said the child panicked after seeing the soldiers at the intersection, and lost control of her car, causing her to cross the median before striking metal bars protecting a bus stop in the opposite direction.

Fatima had no driver’s license and was not experienced in driving a car. She was shot after her car came to the complete halt.

The soldiers started firing at her, causing serious wounds, and claimed that the incident was not a traffic accident, but a “deliberate vehicular attack.” The incident did not lead to any other casualties and was captured by a surveillance camera.

The child was shot in the head and was moved to an Israeli medical center, where remained on life support until her death. Fatima was from Beit Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem. Source: IMEMC