The official Palestinian media, credited by many for reformist policies reportedly implemented following the election of Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas, claimed last week Israeli forces X-rayed a woman to death at a checkpoint.
The WAFA news agency, controlled by Abbas' Fatah party, asserted, "An aged woman died late on Wednesday at the Rafah crossing after being subjected to the Israeli radioactive detection device installed at the Rafah crossing to screen Palestinian travelers," reported Dr. Michael Widlanski, professor of political communication and comparative politics at Hebrew University.
"Medics at Rafah said that the 55-year-old Fatema Abu Ubeid, of Rafah, died 15 minutes after she was subjected to the radial spy machine, which Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) set up for searching the Palestinian passengers passing through the point," said WAFA.
The report was also issued on Palestinian radio and television.
An IDF spokeswoman confirmed there was no such death.
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