Palestinian Woman Killed After Pulling Scissors on Police Officers in Jerusalem's Old City

Siham Ratib Nimr, 49, was the mother of Mustafa Nimr, who was killed by soldiers in September after being mistaken for a terrorist.

Damascus Gate, Jerusalem, March 29, 2017.
Damascus Gate, Jerusalem, March 29, 2017. Emil Salman

A Palestinian from East Jerusalem was shot and killed by police officers on Wednesday after pulling a pair of scissors and trying to stab a group of officers by the Old City's Damascus Gate.

According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, she was Siham Ratib Nimr, 49, the mother of Mustafa Nimr that was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers in November. The soldiers fired at the vehicle he was riding in, thinking the driver, Ali Nimr, Mustafa's cousin, was attempting to carry out a car ramming attack.

Ali, who was injured in the incident, was later arrested and charged with negligent homicide, that is, he was charged with causing his cousin's death by his reckless driving, which led the soldiers to fire at the vehicle. He recently signed a plea deal confessing in return for a reduced sentence.

Siham Nimr's husband and daughter were recently detained for questioning and people who knew her said she was depressed.

Mustafa Nimr and the car police opened fired at in Shuafat refugee camp, Jerusalem, September 5, 2016.
Hazem Bader, AFP