Monday, 7 December 2015

Palestinian shot dead after stabbing Israeli in Hebron

A Palestinian youth was shot dead after he allegedly stabbed and critically wounded an Israeli man near the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron's Old City on Monday afternoon, Israeli and Palestinian sources said.

Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said Israeli Border Police shot the Palestinian after he stabbed an Israeli man in his 40s.

The Israeli was evacuated to Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem for medical treatment in critical condition. Rosenfeld was unable to confirm whether the Palestinian was still alive, but local sources in Hebron told Ma'an he had died from his wounds.

The area around the mosque -- the site of a number of deadly encounters recently -- was afterward closed off by Israeli police forces.

The Ibrahimi Mosque is sacred to both Muslims and Jews, who refer to it as the Tomb of the Patriarchs.

It has been surrounded by a series of tightly controlled checkpoints since 1994, when a US-born Israeli settler, Baruch Goldstein, massacred 29 Palestinians inside the mosque. more


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