The person killed on Saturday was 26-year-old Mohammad Khaled al-Osaibi from Houra.
Israeli police have shot and killed a Palestinian man at an entrance to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, elevating fears of additional violence.
The person killed on Saturday was 26-year-old Mohammad Khaled al-Osaibi from Houra, a Bedouin Arab village in southern Israel. The incident came about at about midnight close to the Chain Gate, an entry level to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem, police stated.
Palestinian worshippers on the entrance to the positioning on Saturday stated police shot the person no less than 10 instances, after he tried to forestall them from harassing a girl who was on her technique to the holy compound.
The police alleged al-Osaibi tried to take a gun from an officer and fired it in a scuffle.
Hours after the incident, the muddy stone alleyway resulting in the compound was nonetheless stained with blood.
Israeli police have boosted their forces within the space as tens of 1000’s of Muslim worshippers from Jerusalem and the Israeli-occupied West Financial institution collect for Ramadan prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque.
On Friday, greater than 200,000 Palestinians gathered for midday prayers on the compound, which handed peacefully.
Noureddine, a 17-year-old who lived within the neighbourhood and declined to provide his final title for worry of reprisals, stated he noticed al-Osaibi confront police who stopped a feminine worshipper on her technique to the mosque.
Al-Osaibi’s relationship to the girl was not clear. Noureddine stated some type of disagreement broke out between al-Osaibi and the officers earlier than he heard a dozen photographs ring out.
“Nothing may justify that many photographs,” he stated, pointing to chaotic footage he filmed that confirmed Palestinian distributors and worshippers screaming on the sound of bullets being fired in speedy succession. “They had been all at shut vary.”
Palestinian media broadly reported al-Osaibi was a health care provider who studied drugs not too long ago in Romania.
Noureddine stated police tried to power Palestinian distributors and worshippers out of the world after the incident, beating him and others with batons. Israeli police briefly closed the positioning earlier than reopening it for daybreak prayers.
In earlier years, Ramadan has seen Israeli police assault Palestinians gathered round Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam’s third-holiest website. Ramadan coincides this yr with Judaism’s Passover and Christian Easter.
In 2021, the expulsion of Palestinian households from their houses in Jerusalem served as a catalyst for widespread Palestinian protests throughout Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.
Raids on Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli safety forces throughout Ramadan heightened tensions additional and, 4 days later, an 11-day Israeli assault on Gaza started, ostensibly in response to rockets fired by Hamas in direction of Israel.