A Palestinian man was shot dead by a police officer on Friday during an incident in West Bank. His police Israel speaks of a knife attack, which Palestinian officials have disputed.
According to the Israeli police, the Palestinian tried to open the car door and attack a couple of Israeli citizens in the Hawara areaat the entrance to Nablus, in the northern part of the West Bank.
He was injured by the bullets of the driver of the vehicle, according to a police press release.
Then, when “the terrorist was spotted by a group of border guards patrolling near the site, headed towards them and was able to stab one”the text continues.
Always according to the Israeli police, the patrol leader intervened to stop the Palestinian, who “resisted and tried to grab his weapon”. The officer then shot repeatedly and killed the Palestinian out of “concern for his life and that of the people around him.”
According to the police, the border guard who was attacked and the head of the patrol were slightly injured.
But this version of events challenged by a member of the municipal council in HawaraWaja Odeh, who said the Israelis opened fire after a “fight” between the victim and an Israeli border guard.
“Israeli soldier pushed Palestinian, knocked him down and shot him point blank”Mr Odeh told AFP.
The official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported that Israeli forces did not allow “civilians and ambulances to approach to give him first aid.”
He is the ninth Palestinian to die since Tuesday in the West Bank. Most of them were killed in clashes with Israeli forces or attacks by the latter.
Last night State Department spokesman Ned Price reiterated that the US is “concerned” about the escalation of violence in the West Bank.
“We reiterate the need for all parties to do everything within their power to de-escalate the situation. It is vital that the parties themselves take urgent action to avoid further loss of life.”Mr. Price told accredited reporters.
On Monday, the UN’s Middle East peace envoy, Thor Venesland, warned that the situation in the West Bank had reached a “boiling point”.
At least 145 Palestinians and 26 Israelis have been killed since the beginning of 2022 in the West Bank, Israel and Jerusalem. Israel has occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem since the Six-Day War in 1967.
Source: News Beast
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