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Israeli police kill Palestinian man in East Jerusalem raid

Volunteers cleaning site of shooting attack
Volunteers clean blood from the scene of a shooting attack that wounded several Israelis near the Old City of Jerusalem early Sunday.
(Maya Alleruzzo / Associated Press)

Israeli police shot and killed a Palestinian man in East Jerusalem on Monday, claiming he had attempted to stab officers during a raid.

The officers were conducting a search for illegal weapons in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Kafr Aqab, police said. When officers approached the home, the man, armed with a knife, tried to stab them, police alleged. They fired at him, and he was later pronounced dead, police said.

Ibrahim Shaham, the man’s father, told journalists that troops pounded on the door of their house at 3:30 a.m. and then used explosives to blow up the door to the home. Shaham said police fired three bullets, one hitting his son, Mohammed, 21, in the head. Shaham said his son was left bleeding on the floor of the house as police searched the apartment.

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He denied that his son had tried to stab the officers and said that the police found no weapons in the home.

Human rights groups have accused Israeli security forces of frequently using excessive force against Palestinians, without being investigated or held accountable afterward.

Senior Palestinian official Hussein Sheikh called for an “immediate and urgent international investigation” into the the “crime of execution” of Shaham.

Three people were killed during a shootout with Israeli soldiers in the city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian health officials say.

The incident came a day after a Palestinian gunman opened fire at a bus outside Jerusalem’s Old City, wounding eight.

The U.S. State Department condemned the bus attack late Sunday and said at least five of the victims were American citizens. “We remain in close contact with our Israeli partners and stand firmly with them in the face of this attack,” said State Department spokesman Ned Price.

The Jerusalem violence followed a tense week between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza and the occupied West Bank. An Egyptian-brokered cease-fire that was reached last week ended three days of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza that saw at least 49 Palestinians, including 17 children and 14 militants, killed.

A day after the cease-fire halted the worst round of Gaza fighting in more than a year, Israeli troops killed three Palestinian militants and wounded dozens in a shootout that erupted during an arrest raid in the West Bank city of Nablus.


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