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Israeli forces kill Palestinian suspect in Jerusalem shooting

Oct. 30, 2014 9:54 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 31, 2014 12:23 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Undercover Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man in East Jerusalem early Thursday suspected of shooting a prominent Israeli extremist hours earlier.

Special forces raided the al-Thuri neighborhood near Silwan at 2:30 a.m. and began searching rooftops before shooting dead Muataz Ibrahim Hijazi, 32, after exchanging fire.

Witnesses said that Hijazi was shot and unable to move or fire back, at which point Israeli forces broke into his home and went to the rooftop.

The special units then threw a water tank on him as he bled to death.

Chairman of a local sports club, Hani Gheith, told Ma'an that Israeli forces only broke into Hijazi's house after they were sure he was critically wounded.

Dozens of locals tried to access the home after the shootout to take Hijazi to hospital but Israeli forces fired at them, injuring 15.

Four were taken to hospital for treatment.

Hijazi had served 11 years in Israeli jails and was freed on June 5, 2012.

He was first detained in 2000 on charges of participating in al-Aqsa Intifada. He was sentenced to seven years , but attacked an Israeli warden while in jail and so was given four more years.

Israeli forces claim Hijazi shot and critically wounded far-right Jewish activist Yehuda Glick in Jerusalem on Wednesday evening.

Glick regularly leads right-wing Jewish groups on tours in the Al-Aqsa compound and works for the Temple Mount Faithful, a group dedicated to building a Jewish temple in the Al-Aqsa compound and the "liberation of the Temple Mount from Arab/Islamic occupation," according to its website.

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