Palestinian Shot Dead After Running at IDF Soldiers With Knife


Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian man after he ran toward them with a knife on Tuesday, the military said.

In the walled Old City of Jerusalem, Israeli police said a firebomb was thrown at a police post, damaging the structure in a sacred compound revered by Muslims on Har Habayis.

Scuffles broke out at the complex between Israeli police and Palestinians. No serious injuries or damage to holy sites were reported and police said one man was arrested.

The military said a Palestinian, armed with a knife, confronted troops in Chevron and was shot and killed. It said no soldiers were injured.

The Palestinian higher judicial council identified the dead man as Yasser al-Sweiki, 40, and said he worked in a Palestinian court in Chevron. The council denounced the shooting as “a despicable crime.”

Palestinians began a wave of knife and car-ramming attacks in the West Bank and in Israel in 2015, after peace talks with Israel collapsed. Such incidents have become more sporadic.

Tensions in the holy compound in Jerusalem, part of the eastern sector of the city captured by Israel in a 1967 war, have risen in recent weeks after the site’s Muslim administrators reopened a mosque sealed by Israel during a Palestinian uprising in 2003.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, commenting on the latest violence, condemned what he called “the grave Israeli escalation” at the complex, which houses the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third holiest site.

The Algemeiner   (c) 2018 .         Benjamin Kerstein




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