Israeli police gun down Palestinian in East Jerusalem – Times of India

JERUSALEM: Israeli police shot and killed a Palestinian man on Monday, claiming he had attempted to stab officers during raids in the east Jerusalem,
Police said officers were searching for illegal weapons in the neighborhood of Kafr Aqab in East Jerusalem. The police alleged that when the officers reached the house, the man armed with a knife tried to stab them, the police alleged. Police said they fired at the suspect and he was later declared brought dead.
The man’s father, Ibrahim al-Shaham, told reporters that soldiers attacked the door of his house at 3.30 a.m. and then used explosives to blow up the door. Al-Shaham said police fired three shots, one of which hit his 21-year-old son Mohamed in the head. Al-Shaham said his son was left lying in a pool of blood on the floor of the house as police searched the apartment.
He denied that his son attempted to stab the officers, and said that police could not find any weapons in the house.
Human rights groups have accused Israeli security forces of repeatedly using excessive force against Palestinians without being investigated or held accountable.
The incident came a day after a Palestinian gunman opened fire on a bus outside Jerusalem’s Old City, wounding eight US citizens.
America state Department Jerusalem condemned the attack late on Sunday and said at least five American citizens were among the victims. “We are in close contact with our Israeli partners and stand firmly with them in the face of this attack,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said.
A tense week followed amid Jerusalem violence Israel and Palestinian Gaza and West Bank. Last week’s Egyptian ceasefire ended three days of fighting between Israeli and Palestinian militants in Gaza that killed at least 49 Palestinians, including 17 children and 14 militants.
A day after the ceasefire halted Gaza’s worst run in more than a year, Israeli troops killed three Palestinian militants and wounded dozens in a shootout that sparked an arrest in the West Bank-occupied city of Nablus. occurred during the raid.

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