Wednesday, 14 October 2015

2nd Palestinian killed wednesday after stab attack, Israeli woman injured

A second Palestinian was shot dead on Wednesday by Israeli forces after allegedly stabbing an Israeli woman by the central bus station in West Jerusalem, Israeli police and media said. Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said that a 70-year-old Israeli woman was moderately to seriously injured in the stabbing attack, with a Palestinian suspect shot at the scene.

The Palestinian is believed to be a 26-year-old former prisoner from the Ras al-Amud neighborhood and had previously spent three years in Israeli jails before being released 10 months ago, according to a Ma'an reporter in Jerusalem.

The 26-year-old reportedly attempted to board an Egged bus in the area after stabbing the woman and was shot dead by Israeli border police, Israeli news site Ynet said.

Earlier, Basil Bassam Ragheb Sidr, 20, was killed by Damascus Gate in East Jerusalem after being shot multiple times by Israeli forces.

Sidr allegedly drew a knife after being approached by Israeli forces and then fled down a flight of steps, where he was shot in footage captured by an MSNBC news crew. more

Palestinian, 20, shot dead after alleged attack at Damascus Gate

A Palestinian man was shot dead at the Damascus Gate in occupied East Jerusalem on Wednesday after an alleged attack on security forces, Israeli police and media said.

Israeli police responded to the scene after the alleged attack and a suspect with a knife was shot dead, Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said. Witnesses said the man was"executed in cold blood" after beingshot with 14 bullets and left to bleed on the ground. Israeli forces deployed in the area and shouted "terrorist, terrorist" at the suspect before shooting him, they added.

A Ma'an reporter identified the man as Basil Bassam Ragheb Sidr, 20. Initial reports incorrectly said he was 14.

Video footage captured by anMSNBC news crew show the man running down steps at Damascus Gate away from security forces, holding what appears to be a knife and a mobile phone. Israeli security forces then open fire multiple times. more

Palestinian prisoner dies in Israeli jails

The Palestinian Prisoners and Ex-prisoners’ Committee on Wednesday has officially announced death of prisoner Fadi Al-Darbi (30) from Jenin city, in Israeli jails.

Al-Darbi suffered a brain-stroke earlier in Ramon prison, and was left unconscious on the prison courtyard’s floor for 20 minutes, after he suffered internal brain injury.

After that, he was transferred to Soroka hospital.

His health has deteriorated since then.

Two years ago, Al-Darbi suffered from internal bleeding, and the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) did not offer him any medical follow-up. more

Cabinet approves police closure on Jerusalem, punitive measures

Israel’s security cabinet approved early Wednesday the revocation of residency status for Palestinians who carry out attacks and the police closure of occupied East Jerusalem.

Israeli police are now entitled to "impose a closure on, or to surround, centers of friction and incitement in Jerusalem, in accordance with security considerations," according to reports by Israeli news site Haaretz.

The cabinet also called in army reinforcements for police in cities and main roads, and 300 security guards are expected to be stationed on and around public transportation. The reinforcements will cost 80 million shekels ($20.6), the report said.

Also according to the new measures, the permanent residency status of Palestinians who carry out attacks will be revoked and their property confiscated. more