Ramadan: Israeli forces kill Palestinian at entrance to Al-Aqsa Mosque
JERUSALEM (AA & Wafa News Agency): Israeli forces killed a Palestinian at the entrance of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem midnight Friday, according to security sources.
Israeli police claimed in a statement that the Palestinian attempted to take the weapon of an Israeli policeman at the Bab al-Silsila (Chain Gate) — one of Al-Aqsa Mosque’s main gates in Old City.
Israeli forces were not harmed in the incident, while additional police forces were sent to the area, it said.
The Palestinian was identified as 26-year-old Mohammad Khaled al-Osaibi from the town of Hura in the Negev desert in southern Israel.
However, according to Wafa News Agency, witnesses said, Al-Osaibi, who graduated from a medical school in Romania and recently passed an exam to practice medicine in Israel, was killed by Israeli police in cold blood and from a very short distance after he intervened to help a Palestinian woman who was being assaulted by the police and forced to leave Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Meanwhile, Israeli forces attacked Palestinians at the Bab al-Qattanin, one of the gates which leads into Al-Aqsa Mosque from the western side.
Israeli police battered Palestinians at the gate with truncheons, witnesses told Anadolu.
*Report by Zehra Nur Duz, Mucahit Aydemir
Additional report from Wafa News Agency
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