Israeli occupation forces shoot, kill Palestinian in Jerusalem

AFP , Saturday 26 Dec 2015

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File photo: Israeli occupation forces shoot at Palestinians (Photo: AP)

Israeli occupation forces shot and killed a Palestinian young man on Saturday near Jerusalem's Old City for allegedly trying to stab a police officer, a police spokeswoman said.

"Police officers spotted a man who aroused their suspicions and approached him to check," she said. "The terrorist pulled out a knife and tried to stab the policeman and was quickly killed by police gunfire."

The Palestinian health ministry in the occupied West Bank indicated that the dead man was a Palestinian whose identity was not yet known.

On Friday, Israeli border guards shot dead a Palestinian woman who allegedly tried to ram a car into them in the West Bank, shortly after a Palestinian was killed in clashes with Israeli forces near the border with the Gaza Strip.

The current wave of protests by Palestinians and repression by Israeli occupation forces started in late July when toddler Ali Dawabsha was burned to death and three other Palestinians were severely injured after their house in the occupied West Bank was set on fire by Israeli settlers.

Palestinian protests were also triggered by an increase in Jewish visitors to Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is considered the third holiest site in Islam. Palestinians fear that Israel is preparing to allow Jewish prayers in the mosque, which are not currently allowed.

Settlement-building, racial discrimination, confiscation of identity cards, long queues at checkpoints, as well as daily clashes and the desecration of Al-Aqsa mosque, have been Palestinians' daily routine.

The anger of Palestinian residents of Jerusalem has increased in the last three years after the Israeli authorities allowed increasing numbers of Jewish settlers to storm the Al-Aqsa mosque.

*The story has been edited by Ahram Online.

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