HEBRON (Ma‘an) 29 Oct — #66 — A 23-year-old Palestinian was shot dead by an Israeli border policeman near the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron after an alleged attack on an Israeli soldier. An eyewitness told Ma‘an that he saw an Israeli soldier shoot at the Palestinian, hitting him in the shoulder. “Then the Israeli soldier approached him and shot him in the head and dropped a knife near his body,” the eyewitnesses added. Another eyewitness said he saw the Palestinian running before Israeli soldiers shot him. “The boy fell to the ground before the soldiers took off his clothes and wrapped him in a black sack.” The Israeli army said that a Palestinian attacked and stabbed a soldier near the Tomb of Patriarchs when “forces responded and shot the attacker.” Israeli media reported that after lightly wounding a soldier with a cut to the face, the suspect tried to attack a border policeman who shot and killed him. Nearby schools were evacuated following the attack as clashes broke out in the area. Eyewitnesses initially identified the suspect as a teenager but the Palestinian Ministry of Health later reported the man’s age as 23.
He is one of around 20 Palestinians to be killed in the Hebron district this month, five of whom were children. The majority were shot dead in Hebron city, in most cases after Israel alleged they attempted to carry out stabbing attacks on Israelis. Israeli forces shot and killed 23-year-old Islam Rafiq Hammad Ibeido on Wednesday after the forces said he attempting to carry out a stabbing attack near the illegal Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba. The day before, Hammam Said, 23, reportedly attempted to stab an Israeli soldier at a checkpoint in Tel Rumeida and was shot dead by Israeli forces. Eyewitnesses to both cases told Ma‘an they saw Israeli soldiers placing knives next to the suspects’ bodies following the alleged attacks. Several attacks have taken place near the Ibrahimi Mosque this month, known to Jews as the Tomb of Patriarchs. Saad Muhammad Youssef al-Atrash, 19, was shot dead near the holy site on Monday after he allegedly attempted to stab a soldier - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/10/palestinians-including-children#sthash.Os0I7MbL.dpuf
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