Israeli Police Fatally Shoot Youth in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM, October 12, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli police shot dead a Palestinian youth in Jerusalem’s Old City, according to local sources.

Police claimed the youth, identified as 18-yesr-old Mustafa al-Khatib from the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sur Baher, attempted to stab an Israeli police officer. Another soldier standing close to the scene drew his gun and fatally shot al-Khatib.

Al-Khatib is the 25th youth to be killed by Israeli forces since the beginning of October.

On Sunday, a 13-year-old Palestinian from al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah, was shot dead by the Israeli army during clashes at Beit El checkpoint near el-Bireh city.

The West Bank and Jerusalem have been thrust into a new cycle of violence due to the Israeli government’s increasing support for Israeli settlers’ provocative encroachment of al-Aqsa Mosque Compound, Islam’s third holiest site.

Israel’s attempts to change the status quo and impose a temporal division on the site between Muslims and Jews sparked Palestinians’ fear and anger.

The situation has also been significantly deteriorating since the deadly arson attack on the Dawabsheh’s family home on July 31, which was carried out by Jewish settlers. Since Reham Dawabsheh died of critical wounds sustained in the arson attack on September 6, a total of 29 Palestinians died in September and October of 2015.

Clashes between Palestinians and Israeli armed forces explode on daily basis in several parts of the West Bank, with tension skyrocketing in the Gaza Strip, Jerusalem and Israel.