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Occupied Jerusalem: A Palestinian of the 1948 areas was shot dead by Israeli police allegedly afer he rammed his vehicle into a group of police officers on Wednesday, killing one of them, during clashes in the south over a court-ordered operation to demolish Palestinian homes, regime police said.
Regime police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said a local man sped toward the forces deployed to the Umm Al Hiran village. He said further clashes ensued in which several policemen were wounded. Local residents said police used excessive force to remove protesters, including live fire, and Amnesty International called for a probe into reports of police brutality.
Rosenfeld identified the slain policeman as 34-year-old Erez Levi. The Palestinian was later identified as Yaakub Abu Al Qiyan. It was not immediately clear how old he was. His brother, Ahmad, said he was “murdered in cold blood”.
Lawmaker Ayman Odeh, head of the Arab Joint List in the Israeli parliament, was wounded in the clashes, along with several others. Odeh was evacuated to a hospital with blood streaming down his forehead.
In a shaky voice, he told Israel’s Army Radio that he was shot by overzealous officers who were deployed after extensive negotiations to delay the demolition broke down.
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Violent clashes between police forces and residents in Umm al-Hiran, January 18, 2017
Israeli Policeman Killed During Protests
Israeli forces were shown on video opening heavy gunfire on a Palestinian man at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday:
The footage shows a man standing next to a concrete barrier, several feet away from any Israeli soldiers. The man stands in place for several seconds, and remains standing as a group of soldiers shout at him to stop and sit on the ground and a first shot is fired. He then walks towards the soldiers who are firing near his feet before he eventually collapses, apparently shot in the upper body, as he comes closer to the soldiers at a faster pace.
The Israeli army claimed that the man, identified by Palestinian sources as Nidal Daoud Mahdawi, 44, attempted to stab soldiers. No Israelis were injured during the incident.
Mahdawi reportedly held Israeli residency and was a married father of five.
The fatal shooting of Mahdawi came one day after Israeli forces were shown on video dragging an injured Palestinian teenager who would later be declared dead. That incident occurred during confrontations near the Bethlehem-area village of Tuqu in the West Bank.
The slain youth was identified as Qusay al-Amour, 17.
Footage of the incident shows al-Amour lying motionless on the ground in a grove of trees as a group of soldiers run towards him, flipping him over before dragging him by the arms and legs to an army jeep several meters away, his head repeatedly hitting the ground:
The video shows Israeli soldiers firing crowd-dispersing weapons at Palestinians who had tried to approach the youth. Soldiers are then seen examining al-Amour before he is placed onto a stretcher.
“According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, al-Amour was hit by four bullets in his upper body and two in the legs. Four other Palestinians were wounded in the incident, including al-Amour’s sister,” the Tel Aviv newspaper Haaretz reported.
The Israeli military said that al-Amour had thrown stones at soldiers, “who responded by firing bullets from Ruger rifles,” Haaretz added. “The army permits use of the Ruger to disperse stone-throwers, even though it fires live, albeit small-caliber, ammunition.”
The Palestinian photographer who recorded the video of the incident told the paper that al-Amour was trying to hide from the soldiers in the grove, “but left his upper body exposed,” before he was shot and dragged away, apparently already dead.
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