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Israeli police shoot, kill Palestinian after stab attack leaves 2 lightly injured

Dec. 14, 2016 1:16 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 15, 2016 10:13 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian after he carried out a stabbing attack that one Israeli officer and one Israeli civilian minor lightly injured in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem early on Wednesday afternoon.

According to Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri, a suspect approached a group of Israeli police forces deployed near the Austrian Hospice hospital in the Old City, took out a screwdriver and stabbed one of the officers in the head, lightly injuring him.

Israeli forces shot the alleged attacker, "neutralizing" him, al-Samri said, later adding that the youth, whom she identified as a 21-year-old resident of the occupied West Bank village of Beit Surik in the Jerusalem district, had been taken to the Hadassah hospital in "critical condition."

Israeli forces regularly use the term "neutralize" to indicate that a Palestinian has either been killed or wounded by Israeli forces.

A spokesperson for Hadassah hospital told Ma'an that the Palestinian succumbed to gunshot wounds at around 2:30 p.m. in the hospital.

She added that a 14-year-old had also been admitted with light wounds in connection with the incident. However, it was not clear from Israeli reports if the youth's injuries were sustained directly from the suspect.

Witnesses said that the Palestinian was left on the ground bleeding for 20 minutes, adding that a Palestinian doctor arrived on the scene but was pushed away by Israeli forces before they finally let him administer first aid to the wounded Palestinian until Israeli ambulances arrived at the scene.

A video shared by al-Quds news agency showed the doctor being initially pushed away by Israeli forces.

Israeli forces also closed roads leading to al-Wadi Street, where the deadly altercation took place, and heavily deployed near Damascus Gate and Lions Gate, preventing people from coming in or out.

They also detained three youths on Sultan Suleiman Street just north of the Old City after firing shots in the air to disperse people gathered in the area.

According to Ma'an documentation, the youth is the latest of 243 Palestinians to have been killed by Israelis in a wave of unrest across the occupied Palestinian territory which began in October 2015, 20 of whom were killed in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, 34 Israelis were killed by Palestinians during the same time period.

Throughout the unrest, rights groups have repeatedly denounced what they have termed Israeli forces' "shoot-to-kill" policy against Palestinians who did not constitute a threat at the time of their death or who could have been subdued in a non-lethal manner.

While Israel alleges many of those were attempting to attack Israelis when they were shot, Palestinians and rights groups have disputed Israel's version of events in a number of cases.

Al-Samri shared a photograph of the screwdriver reportedly used by the Palestinian to carry out the stabbing attack. The picture did not show visible traces of blood on the alleged weapon.

(Credit: Israeli police)
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