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Israeli forces shoot dead Palestinian man in al-Khalil

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Israeli troops stand guard next to the covered body of a Palestinian teen, whom they shot dead near the al-Zaim checkpoint on the outskirts of East al-Quds (Jerusalem), April 24, 2015. © AFP

Israeli police have shot dead a Palestinian man in the southern West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron), claiming that he had stabbed a border policeman.

Israeli police spokeswoman, Luba Samri, said on Saturday that the 20-year-old Palestinian, identified as Assad al-Salayma, died of his wounds on the way to a hospital in al-Quds (Jerusalem), adding that the stabbed Israeli soldier is in moderate condition.

Israeli forces were preventing Palestinians from entering the area of the Ibrahimi Mosque in al-Khalil at the time the incident took place, reports said.

Israeli soldiers man a checkpoint in the West Bank village of Sair, west of the city of al-Khalil (Hebron), April 2, 2015. © AFP

Another Palestinian was also targeted and killed by Israeli border guards at a checkpoint in the occupied East al-Quds yesterday.

According to reports, Israeli security forces shot dead the 16-year-old Palestinian boy on Friday night while he was walking toward the al-Zaim checkpoint with his family, also claiming that he intended to stab an Israeli officer.

“The soldiers and guards who were at the security checkpoint at the time noticed the suspect running towards them with a knife in his hands,” Israeli police said in a statement, adding that the boy was shot dead by police forces.

Before the incident, the Israeli forces verbally harassed a female member of the boy’s family, making him get into a fray with them, witnesses said.


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