Israeli settler, police kill three Palestinians

Israeli police, Israeli settler kill three Palestinians in occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem following accusations of attempted stabbing attack

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Israeli policeman checks the dead body of a Palestinian man who was shot dead after an alleged stabbing attempt, on a street in Jerusalem, October 17, 2015.

Israeli authorities and a civilian shot dead two Palestinian teenagers and one Palestinian woman on Saturday, in separate alleged stabbing attempts, in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

An Israeli settler fatally shot an 18 year-old Palestinian, Fadil Qawasmi Saturday morning on Hebron's Shuhada Street in the occupied West Bank, locals reported.

A local of the area, Mufeed Sharabati stated that the settler shot the boy near the illegal Israeli settlement outpost, Beit Haddassah.

Sharabati added that the "Paramedics of the Palestinian Red Crescent arrived but Israeli soldiers didn't allow them access to the young man. The soldiers then covered the young man's face then took him in an ambulance to an unknown destination."

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an News Agency (MNA) that a Palestinian had attempted to stab an Israeli settler and the settler "opened fire on the assailant," killing him.  

Israeli medics carry away the body of the dead Palestinian who attempted to stab an Israeli soldier in the east Jerusalem, on October 17, 2015.

Shuhada Street, where Qawasmi was shot dead is located in the heart of the area's Old City, where Israeli forces have severely restricted Palestinian access since 1994.

Palestinian residents are prohibited from accessing the street in an Israeli attempt to "secure" the area for almost 600 Jewish settlers, who have been residing in Palestinian homes after evicting them.

The few local Palestinians left residing in the street are forced to access their homes from the back, via an Israeli military checkpoint going thru a metal detector, which raises suspicion among the locals as to whether Qawasmi could have had a knife in his possession at the time of the alleged attack.

Claims are being made by the locals of a video footage shot following Qawasmi's death, showing Israeli soldiers place a knife by his body, however, such allegations have not yet been confirmed.

Qawasmi’s death came less than two hours before a 16-year-old Palestinian was also shot dead in the occupied East Jerusalem.

The Palestinian teen, identified as Motaaz Ewaisat had reportedly attempted to stab an Israeli policeman in the illegal settlement, also known as Armon Hanatziv, in occupied East Jerusalem, according to Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld.

Both incidents resulted in no Israeli injuries.

The third incident also occurred in Hebron in occupied West Bank, where a Palestinian woman allegedly tried to stab a female Israeli police officer, slightly injuring her hand.

The Israeli officer responded by shooting the Palestinian woman dead.

The Palestinian deaths on Saturday come amid accusations by rights groups that Israeli authorities have been carrying out "extrajudicial executions" of Palestinians during the attacks.

B’Tselem argued this week that the recent behavior of Israeli officials have effectively gave the green light for Israeli forces and civilians to kill Palestinians.

On Thursday, footages released by the group’s ongoing investigation into the deaths of Fadi Alloun and Basel Sidr showed that the two Palestinians “were shot while no longer posing a danger.”

Since October 1, according to Palestinian Health Ministry figures, 42 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces, while seven Israelis have been reported killed after knife attacks.

The West Bank and East Jerusalem saw 28 Palestinians killed while 14 Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip.

The ministry added that at least 1,700 Palestinians have been injured by Israeli gunfire.

Israeli settlers have been conducting reprisal attacks on locals along their property, often in the presence of armed Israeli forces.

Israeli forces raided homes in Hebron and revoked residency rights earlier this week of the families of the three Palestinians who were killed following their alleged attacks.

The raids came as Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu pushed for punitive demolitions of the homes which belonged to the families of the suspected attackers, despite warnings by rights groups that such a practice is illegal: displacing innocent people for crimes they did not commit.

Israeli authorities have also increased the deployment of military forces and enabled Israeli police to seal off Palestinian residential areas in the occupied East Jerusalem.

Israeli border police check the ID of a Palestinian woman, next to newly placed concrete blocks in an east Jerusalem neighborhood, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015.


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