Israeli police shot dead a Palestinian man on Monday (15/8). They claim that the Palestinian man attempted to stab a number of security officers who were conducting raids in East Jerusalem.
The officers were conducting a search for illegal weapons in East Jerusalem’s Kafr Aqab neighborhood, police said. As officers approached a house, the man, armed with a knife, tried to stab them, police said. They opened fire on the suspect and he was later pronounced dead, police said.
A different version was expressed by Ibrahim al-Shaham, the man’s father. He told reporters that police banged on their door at 3.30am local time and then used explosives to detonate the door. Al-Shaham said police fired three bullets, and one of the bullets hit the head of his son, Mohammed, 21. Al-Shaham said his son was left bleeding on the floor of the house while police searched the apartment.
He denied that his son tried to stab the officer, and said that the police did not find any weapons in the house.
Rights groups accuse Israeli security forces of frequently using excessive force against Palestinians, without ever 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 people, including Americans.
The US State Department condemned the Jerusalem attack on Sunday night, saying at least five of the victims were American citizens. “We remain in close contact with our Israeli partners and support each other in the face of this attack,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said.
The violence in Jerusalem comes after a week of tensions between Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. An Egyptian-brokered ceasefire was reached last week, ending three days of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza that killed at least 49 Palestinians, including 17 children and 14 militants.
A day after a ceasefire that halted the worst round of fighting for Gaza in more than a year, Israeli forces killed three Palestinian militants and wounded dozens more. The victims were killed and injured in the gun battle that erupted when Israeli troops carried out raids in the West Bank city of Nablus. [ab/uh]