Israeli police kill woman in Jerusalem
According to police, an Israeli cop fatally shot a Palestinian woman who allegedly attempted to stab policemen in East Jerusalem on Thursday.
According to a police statement, the lady attempted to stab officers on one of the lanes leading to the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.
An AFP correspondent observed a woman’s body on the ground, subsequently covered in a survival blanket, after hearing gunfire.
Israeli police “opened fire” on the attacker, and “medical forces who arrived at the scene determined her death,” police stated, who added that no one was harmed in the attempted attack.
The 30-year-old dead lady, from Qabatiya in the north of the occupied West Bank, approached policemen as she was exiting the Al Aqsa compound, Islam’s third holiest site, according to police.
Israeli forces and border police were executing an operation “to arrest suspects and locate weapons” in the small village of Burqin, also in the northern West Bank near Jenin, according to a police statement.
In the northern West Bank, Israeli troops shot dead a man who allegedly opened fire on them amid confrontations sparked by a nighttime arrest operation, according to police.
“During the operation an armed [male] fired at the forces who were operating in the village during a riot,” claimed police.
“Border police forces responded with gunfire … and neutralised him,” according to police, he died, and a spokesperson confirmed his death to AFP.
In Jerusalem, Israeli security personnel are deployed at each entrance to the Al Aqsa courtyard, also known as the Temple Mount by Jews, which is the holiest spot in Judaism.
The courtyard is located in East Jerusalem, the Palestinian part of the city that Israel captured in 1967 and later seized in a move that the international world never recognised.
Officials said five Palestinians were killed on Sunday after an Israeli operation in the occupied Territories prompted gunfights with Hamas members, two of whom were killed in Burqin.