July 26, 2021

Israel police kill Palestinian they mistakenly thought was armed

Israeli police in annexed east Jerusalem on Saturday shot dead a disabled Palestinian they mistakenly thought was armed with a pistol, prompting furious condemnation from the Palestinians.

The incident happened in the alleys of the walled Old City near Lions’ Gate, an access point mainly used by Palestinians.

“Police units on patrol there spotted a suspect with a suspicious object that looked like a pistol,” an Israeli police statement said.

“They called upon him to stop and began to chase after him on foot. During the chase, officers also opened fire at the suspect, who was neutralised.

“No weapon was found at the scene after the area was searched,” the statement said.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’s Fatah party denounced the killing as a “war crime”.

It said it held Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fully responsible for the “execution of a young disabled man”.

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