Israeli forces have fatally shot a young Palestinian man close to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Israeli-occupied Old City of al-Quds (Jerusalem) amid simmering tensions between Palestinians and Israelis in the area.
On Sunday morning, Israeli police officers shot dead a Palestinian teenager, identified as Fadi Samir Mustafa Alloun, near the Damascus Gate of al-Aqsa Mosque compound, claiming that he had attempted to stab an Israeli settler with a knife, Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported.
There are reports that Israeli settlers kicked Alloun’s body later on, and dragged it along the street.
Tens of Israeli settlers also stormed Palestinian houses and property in the area, shouting anti-Arab slogans and uttering remarks offensive to Islam and its teachings.
Meanwhile, Alloun’s father has denied the claims that his son tried to stab a settler before he was shot dead.
“Videos from the scene show a group of settlers chasing my son and he was trying to run to an Israeli police patrol for protection,” said the father, adding, “Israeli authorities make up pretexts to shoot and kill any Palestinian.”
In another development, more than two dozen Palestinians sustained injuries of different degrees when Israeli military troopers raided the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank.
Palestinian sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said at least 27 people were wounded as Israeli military vehicles rolled into the camp. Skirmishes broke out between a group of Palestinians and Israeli troopers as the latter arrested Alloun’s father, brother and uncle.
Hana Mahamid, a female correspondent for the Lebanon-based Arabic-language al-Mayadeen satellite news network, was injured when Israeli forces fired stun grenades to disperse the crowd in al-Issawiyah neighborhood of al-Quds.
Israeli forces and Palestinians have been clashing at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound for weeks.
On September 17, Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations lashed out at the UN Security Council for its failure to condemn the ongoing Israeli aggression against Muslim worshipers at the holy place of worship
Israel has applied sweeping restrictions on entries into al-Aqsa Mosque compound since August 26.
The site is Islam’s third holiest after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina.