Palestinian woman injured by gas in Israel

A Palestinian woman in Israel has been seriously injured by a gas fire in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem.

The woman was taken to a hospital where she remains in critical condition, medics said.

She is in her early 30s.

The fire was started on Monday in a residential building in the city, a source told AFP news agency.

No injuries have been reported.

The source said the woman was not part of any group or organization, but was part of a community of Gazan refugees living in the West Bank.

“She was walking to her home when she heard a loud noise and thought it was the sound of a house fire,” said a resident who did not wish to be named.

“When she saw smoke, she saw her husband lying on the floor, but the flames did not touch him,” the resident added.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said in a statement that the woman is in a serious condition.

“This incident is not an isolated incident, and it is the first in which a Gazan woman has been injured by an Israeli gas fire,” the ministry said.

“Israel is not responsible for the fires, and is responsible for ensuring the safety of Gazans in the Occupied Territories,” it added.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday called the incident an “abhorrent act”.

“This is an abhorrent act and a criminal act against a woman who tried to protect her children,” he said.

He added that the incident was the first time a Gaza has been attacked by a fire.

A spokesperson for Israel’s health ministry said the victim was in critical, stable condition.

The spokesperson said the fire was caused by a small gas leak in a garage, which was not immediately immediately known.

“The fire was extinguished without damage,” the spokesperson said.

The ministry said a gas company had been notified about the incident.