Jerusalem police shoot, kill unarmed Palestinian pedestrian in West Bank city

May 23, 2021 Contact

An unarmed Palestinian man was shot and killed by police on Saturday night near a settlement in the occupied West Bank.

A short while later, Israeli forces detained a second Palestinian man who tried to flee from the scene, according to an official with the Palestinian Authority’s local police unit.

The incident took place near the village of Miskot near Ramallah.

The Palestinian health ministry said a woman and her husband were hit by an Israeli sniper rifle.

It did not give further details.

The two men were taken to the Ramallah Medical Center, where they died.

An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed the deaths of the two men and the incident in a statement.

The spokesperson said they were both armed with knives.

Sheikh Nasser al-Bishara, a spokesman for the Israeli military’s operations commander, said they believed the man was attempting to flee the site and was shot at when he ran toward them.

BishARA said the Palestinian attacker was also killed and the two injured.

The official did not provide details.

Israeli police were looking for two suspects in the case, said one of the sources.

Israel’s Channel 2 said officers were chasing two men near the settlement of Baruch while another was trying to flee.

Two Israeli soldiers opened fire, killing the first, the news channel said.

The Israeli army said a second soldier was also injured in the incident.

The incident took off from the village, which is located near a military compound that overlooks the West Bank’s separation barrier.

The security fence, which Israel says is needed to prevent Palestinians from crossing into Israel, was built in response to the 1967 war between Israel and the PLO, an Arab group.

Palestinians view the barrier as a barrier against the construction of Jewish settlements.

Israel says it is meant to prevent Jewish settlements from encroaching on the Palestinian territories.

It has also been used to stop Palestinians fleeing from East Jerusalem, the Westbank and the Gaza Strip, the territories Palestinians claim for a future state.

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