Jewish man mistaken for militant killed by Israeli soldier

Israeli soldier mistook Jewish man for attacker and shot him dead in Jerusalem

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Israeli police patrol near the central israeli town of Hadera.

An Israeli soldier killed a Jewish man in central Jerusalem after mistaking him for a militant late on Wednesday.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the Israeli Jewish man was killed in an altercation with two soldiers who asked him for his ID at a bus station.

Police said that the soldiers said the victim refused to show his ID papers and tried to grab a soldier's weapon and one of the soldiers thought he was a militant and shot him dead. 

Since in the beginning of October, at least 52 Palestinians including alleged attackers, unarmed protesters and bystanders have been killed either by Israeli authorities or settlers while 10 Israelis have died in recent street violence, which was in part triggered by Palestinian anger over what they see as increased Jewish encroachment on Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Protests against the Israeli occupation have greatly increased across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.

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