Israeli forces kill three Palestinians over alleged stabbing

Israeli forces kill Palestinians at Psigat Zeev's entrance to East Jerusalem's Old City who witnesses deny carrying knife

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

An Israeli soldier secures the area following an alleged stabbing attack that Israeli police said was carried out by a woman near the police headquarters in al-Quds (Jerusalem) on October 12, 2015.

Updated Oct 15, 2015

Israeli police shot two Palestinians dead in Jerusalem on Monday over alleged assailants escalating stabbing attacks on Israelis.

The Israeli police reported that a Palestinian women - carrying a knife - stabbed a paramilitary border policeman in central Jerusalem and two men carried out knife attacks on two Israelis that injured them in Psigat Zeev, the northern edge city.

Within recent weeks, four Israelis and 25 Palestinians have been killed in Jerusalem, the occupied West Bank, Gaza Strip and Israeli cities.

The woman was shot and wounded. Israeli police said one of the assailants in Pisgat Zeev was shot and killed and another was injured.

Israeli police also reported that another border policeman shot dead a Palestinian who tried to stab police - just hours earlier of the Psigat Zeev incident - near East Jerusalem’s Old City entrance, however eye witnesses in the area denied allegations of the victim holding a knife.

Palestinian witnesses told Ma'an news agency that no signs of a pursued stabbing was seen at the time of the shooting, adding that the man - later identified as Mustafa Adel al Khatib - was shot dead as he was walking in the neighbourhood.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri reported that the officers noticed the Palestinian behaving in a suspicious manner and ordered him to remove his hands out of his pockets.

Samri added that the man then attacked an officer with a knife and due to the officers protective vest was not injured, but the Palestinian man was then shot multiple times.

Israeli police announced that they will be releasing a video as evidence that the incident was an attempted stabbing.

Israeli Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told TRT World that the security officers responded "accordingly based on these threats."

The Palestinian Health Ministry reported that the latest deaths brought the total number of Palestinians killed up to 25, since the beginning of October, along with at least 1,300 Palestinians wounded.

On Saturday, the Palestinian human rights group al Haq released a statement warning that the occupied Palestinian territories stood "on the brink."

The group placed the blame on "Israel’s wanton and excessive use of force against Palestinians, with no accountability for the deaths they cause" over the increasing death toll.


TRTWorld and agencies