UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — A Palestinian policeman shot and killed by an Israeli policeman at the entrance to the Eliezer settlement south of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank on Friday, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.
The Palestinian news agency “Wafa”, citing a statement by the Ministry of Health, “a citizen was martyred after the Israeli occupation forces opened fire near the settlement” Gush Etzion “settlement on the lands of citizens south of Bethlehem, allegedly trying to carry out a run over.”
“Alaa Khader al-Huraimi, 27, from Bethlehem, died of his wounds sustained by the Israeli occupation forces,” the statement said.
The Israeli army said Friday that two Israelis were wounded in a run-over at the entrance to the Eliezer settlement.
“A preliminary investigation into the incident indicates that a terrorist ran over two civilians,” the military said in a statement.
Police said a policeman who was returning home after finishing his job saw the attack and saw the attacker trying to get out of the vehicle and “shot him” and succeeded in “neutralizing him.”
The incident occurred at a bus stop opposite the entrance to the settlement.
Large police forces were deployed at the scene, an AFP photographer said.
A spokesman for Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem said a 17-year-old man was taken to him in serious condition and undergoing artificial respiration. A young woman who was less seriously injured was taken to another hospital.
The wounded are brothers who live in the Eliezer settlement, where the attack has provoked strong dissatisfaction, especially as it comes more than a week after the body of a 19-year-old Israeli soldier was found stabbed to death.
Two Palestinian youths attacked Israeli police with knives in the Old City of Jerusalem on Thursday before shooting them, killing one of them.
Tensions in the Old City of Jerusalem escalated this week after the Muslim and Jewish holidays coincided and clashes erupted on Sunday between Israeli police and Palestinian worshipers on the Temple Mount, injuring dozens of Palestinians and four policemen.
The first day of Eid al-Adha coincided with the anniversary of the destruction of the Jewish Temple, which saw an increase in the number of ultra-Orthodox Jews wishing to visit.
Israel occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed Jerusalem in a move not recognized by the international community.
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