Palestinian, Israeli settler killed in Jerusalem shooting

Palestinian, Israeli settler killed in Jerusalem shooting

Israeli occupation forces shot dead a Palestinian man after he carried out a shooting and stabbing attack that killed an Israeli settler and wounded three others, including two police officers.

The armed confrontation began at 9am local time (07:00 GMT) on Sunday morning in the Old City, at the Bab al-Silsila (Chain Gate) to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in occupied East Jerusalem.

The Palestinian man was identified as 42-year-old Fadi Mahmoud Abu Shkheidem, a resident of Jerusalem’s Shuafat refugee camp.

Hamas said in a statement Abu Shkheidem was politically affiliated with the Gaza-based armed movement that governs the occupied Gaza Strip.

The settler, in his 30s, suffered a head injury and succumbed to his wounds after being transferred to hospital, Israeli media reported.

Another Israeli settler, a 46-year-old, was in stable condition, according to a statement by Hadassah Medical Center. Two police officers, aged 30 and 31, were also lightly wounded.

Abu Shkheidem reportedly used a submachine gun and a knife to carry out the attack. Israel’s minister of public security said Abu Shkheidem’s wife had traveled overseas three days ago.

Dozens of occupation forces began raiding the Shuafat refugee camp, which is closed off on all sides by Israel’s separation wall, at about 12:30pm (10:30 GMT), and stormed his home.

They caused widespread destruction in the house and arrested several of Abu Shkheidem’s family members, including his daughter.

Special forces were seen using tear gas in confrontations with youth surrounding the home, and forcibly preventing individuals, including journalists, from filming.

Translation: First moments from raid on the house of martyr Fadi Abu Shkheidem, and beating of the Maydan alQuds correspondent and a number of journalists. 

Occupation forces began their withdrawal from Shuafat refugee camp two hours later.

Israeli occupation forces raided the Shuafat Refugee Camp at midday on Sunday following the attack [Ameer Abu Aram/Al Jazeera]

In contravention of international law, Israel occupied and annexed the eastern part of Jerusalem and applied domestic law onto it following the 1967 war. Most of the international community considers East Jerusalem occupied territory and does not recognize Israeli sovereignty claims or illegal settlements there.

According to local media, Abu Shkheidem worked as a teacher at the al-Rashidiya boys’ public high school, the oldest and only one serving the Old City’s Muslim Quarter, near Bab az-Zahra (Herod’s Gate). Occupation forces raided the school following the attack.

Sunday’s developments in occupied East Jerusalem come after the killing of a 16-year-old Palestinian boy, Omar Abu Asab, by an armed Israeli settler, after he allegedly stabbed two Israeli paramilitary border police officers in the Old City.

Source: Al Jazeera

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