BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces Friday shot and killed a Jordanian youth in occupied East Jerusalem after an alleged attempted stabbing attack at Damascus Gate in the Old City. Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in a statement that a “terrorist” attempted a stabbing attack on an Israeli border policeman outside Damascus Gate and was “neutralized” by Israeli forces, a term commonly used by Israeli authorities when Palestinians are shot dead at the scene of an attack or alleged attack.
A witness told Israeli newspaper Haaretz that he didn't see the man attacking anyone before he was killed. When Israeli police officers suspected the man and and asked him to lift his shirt, he yelled "Allahu akbar" and was shot by one of the officers, the witness added.
Al-Samri added that the youth was a citizen of Jordan in his 20s and entered Palestine on Thursday via the Allenby Bridge crossing between the West Bank and Jordan. He was later identified as Said al-Amr, 28.
Al-Amr was initially reported as being Palestinian.
Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld reported that the youth had three knives that he allegedly attempted to use while carrying out the attack, which the spokesman posted on his Twitter account. Rosenfeld also said that there were no Israeli injuries during the attack and that Damascus Gate has been completely closed off. The incident came less than 45 minutes before a Palestinian man was shot and killed, his fiancee shot and severely injured, after the two allegedly committed a car-ramming attack in the occupied West Bank district of Hebron, according to the Israeli army. It was initially reported that three Israeli civilians were injured in the incident, though Israeli news site Ynet later said the three were "treated for shock but were physically unharmed."
According to Ma’an documentation, 224 Palestinians have been killed by Israelis since a wave of unrest first swept across the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel in October.
Rights groups have denounced what they have termed a "shoot-to-kill" policy by the Israeli forces, which they say has led to the death of numerous Palestinians who did not constitute a threat or who could have been subdued in a non-lethal manner.