Saturday, December 26, 2015

Saturday: again two Palestinians killed for no obvious reason

Moussab Ghazali dead and alive

Update. Israeli security forces said they shot dead two Palestinian assailants on Saturday in separate incidents in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank, as 12 weeks of heightened violence showed no sign of abating. Near the Huwwara checkpoint in the north of the West bank the Israeli military said a Palestinian rammed his car into Israeli soldiers. He wa shot and killed.  Hours earlier police officers shot dead a Palestinian who, according to them,  tried to stab a policeman near Jerusalem's walled Old City. Both accounts are disputed by Palestinian witnesses. ,
In the latest fatal incident, the Israeli military said a Palestinian rammed his car into Israeli soldiers at a West Bank checkpoint. "Forces responded to the imminent danger and fired toward the perpetrator," the military said, adding that one soldier had been wounded and evacuated to hospital.
The 56-year-old Palestinian man died after being taken to hospital, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.
The Palestinians disputed the Israeli military's account of the incident. Jamil Dawoud, 49, said he was traveling in the car behind the one of the man shot, at the checkpoint where soldiers were inspecting the vehicles and that the soldier who opened fire appeared to misunderstand what had happened.
"There were three soldiers. One soldier signaled for the man to come forward, a soldier was on the edge of the road and he tried to move backward when he slipped. The second soldier opened fire, firing four bullets at the man, after that they tried to give him first aid," Dawoud said.
In the other incident A Palestinian from the Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan was killed Saturday after reportedly attempting to stab an Israeli police officer in Jerusalem, Israeli police said. 
Wadi Hilweh Information Center was informed that the martyr is the 27-year old Mousab Mahmoud Ghazali from the neighborhood of Wad Qaddoum in Silwan..Police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said in a statement that a 26-year-old Palestinian man pulled a knife on the officer in Allenby Square, located around a mile east from Jerusalem’s Old City.The Palestinian was reportedly sitting in a park by the New Gate in the Old City when he followed a Jewish couple towards Allenby Square, al-Samri said. The man’s movement “aroused suspicion” from Israeli police officers who approached him, mounted on horses. A “hand fight” then broke out between the Palestinian and an officer who asked him for identification before the man pulled a knife on the officer, the spokesperson said. The Palestinian fell to the ground after officers opened fire, and was shot dead after getting up a second time, al-Samri added.
An eyewitness told Ma’an that the man had been sitting on a bench when mounted Israeli officers arrived, asked him to stand, and opened fire when he raised his hands in the air. According to the witness, the man had fallen to the ground before the officers fired “several rounds at his chest killing him immediately.”
The incident follows a string of deadly days the occupied Palestinian territories, with nine Palestinians and two Israelis killed since Wednesday.Two Palestinians were shot dead after stabbing and killing one Israeli and wounding another outside of the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City on Wednesday. A third Israeli was killed when Israeli border guards opened fire on the attackers.
In the occupied West Bank on Thursday, three attacks were carried out on Israeli military and security personnel, injuring three. All three Palestinians were killed during the attacks. A fourth Palestinian was also killed when clashes erupted in the Qalandiya refugee camp after Israeli forces entered to arrest residents suspected of involvement in the days’ attacks.Twenty-two-year-old Hani Rafiq Wahdan was shot in the head and killed during weekly Friday demonstrations in the Gaza Strip, shortly before Mahdia Hammad was shot after Israeli officers said she attempted to run her vehicle into a group of soldiers in Silwad, near Ramallah.

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