Wednesday 21 August 2019

Palestinian schoolgirl (16) shot dead after she used scissors to mistakingly stab fellow Palestinian in Jerusalem attack

Maayan Lubell

A Palestinian schoolgirl has been shot dead by police after she used a pair of scissors to stab an elderly Palestinian man she mistook for an Israeli on a busy street in Jerusalem.

The drama unfolded on Jaffa Road, a main thoroughfare between East and West Jerusalem where Arabs and Jews live and work in close proximity.

The 70-year-old man stabbed by the teenager (16) was a resident of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, police said.

A second Palestinian girl, aged 14 and also carrying scissors, took part in the attack, and she was shot and wounded by the same police officer who killed the other assailant, police said.

It is understood that the two teenagers were related.

A ricochet from one of the bullets fired injured a passerby - an Israeli man, hospital officials said.

Israeli soldiers secure the area after a stabbing attack by two Palestinian women took place Credit: Ammar Awad (REUTERS)
Israeli soldiers secure the area after a stabbing attack by two Palestinian women took place Credit: Ammar Awad (REUTERS)
A man cleans the spot where a stabbing attack by two Palestinian women took place in central Jerusalem Credit: Ammar Awad (REUTERS)

The latest incident occurred a day before US Secretary of State John Kerry is due to visit Israel and the Palestinian territories to discuss ways to try to stem the violence.

Eighty-four Palestinians have been killed in the spate of violence since October 1, some while carrying out attacks and others in clashes with Israeli forces.

Nineteen Israelis and an American student have been killed in Palestinian stabbings, shootings and car rammings.

The bloodshed has been driven in part by Muslim agitation over stepped-up Jewish visits to East Jerusalem's al Aqsa mosque compound - Islam's third holiest site and also revered by Jews as the location of two destroyed biblical temples - as well as by long-deadlocked Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

On Sunday, an Israeli woman was stabbed to death and three Palestinian attackers were killed in a series of incidents in the West Bank.

The Palestinian government has said Israel is carrying out unlawful killings of Palestinians and "accusing every victim of holding a knife" or planting one at the side of alleged attackers.

Israel has said it is within its rights to respond with lethal force to potentially deadly attacks.


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