Israeli police kill Palestinian in east Jerusalem raid

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JERUSALEM — Israeli police shot and killed a Palestinian man on Monday, claiming he had tried to stab officers throughout a raid in east Jerusalem.

The officers had been conducting a seek for unlawful weapons within the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Kafr Aqab, police mentioned. When officers approached the house, the person, armed with a knife, tried to stab them, police alleged. They fired on the suspect and he was later pronounced lifeless, police mentioned.

Ibrahim al-Shaham, the person’s father, instructed journalists that troops pounded on the door of their home at 3:30 a.m. after which used explosives to explode the door to the house. Al-Shaham mentioned police fired three bullets, one hitting his son, Mohammed, 21, within the head. Al-Shaham mentioned his son was left bleeding on the ground of the home as police searched the condominium.

He denied that his son tried to stab the officers, and mentioned that the police discovered no weapons within the house.

Human rights teams have accused Israeli safety forces of incessantly utilizing extreme power towards Palestinians, with out being investigated or held accountable.

Senior Palestinian official Hussein al-Sheikh referred to as for an “immediate and urgent international investigation” into the the “crime of execution” of al-Shaham.

The incident got here a day after a Palestinian gunman opened hearth at a bus exterior Jerusalem’s Outdated Metropolis, wounding eight, amongst them U.S. residents.

The U.S. State Division condemned the Jerusalem assault late on Sunday, and mentioned at the least 5 of the victims had been Americans. “We remain in close contact with our Israeli partners and stand firmly with them in the face of this attack,” mentioned State Division spokesman Ned Value.

The Jerusalem violence adopted a tense week between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza and the West Financial institution. An Egyptian-brokered cease-fire that was reached final week ended three days of preventing between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza that noticed at the least 49 Palestinians, together with 17 youngsters and 14 militants, killed.

A day after the cease-fire halted the worst spherical of Gaza preventing in additional than a 12 months, Israeli troops killed three Palestinian militants and wounded dozens in a shootout that erupted throughout an arrest raid within the metropolis of Nablus within the occupied West Financial institution.

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