Jerusalem Police Shoot Dead Palestinian Suspect in Attempted Old City Attack

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Magen David Adom paramedics in the Jerusalem's Old City, December 21, 2020.
Magen David Adom paramedics in the Jerusalem's Old City, December 21, 2020. Credit: Magen David Adom

Israeli forces killed on Monday a Palestinian man police said attempted a shooting attack in Jerusalem’s Old City.

According to police, the suspect opened fire using a rudimentary submachine gun known as a “Carlo” at security forces stationed at Huta Gate, near Al-Aqsa Mosque. Police forces then chased him and shot him dead.

He was identified as a 17 year-old Mahmoud Kmail from the city of Qabatiya in the West Bank. The police statement said another man from Muqeible, an Arab village in Israel, was arrested on suspicion of aiding the alleged gunman.

One Israeli police officer tripped while chasing the suspect and was lightly injured.

In recent years, lone Palestinian attackers, usually not connected to organized militant groups, have been accused in a string of alleged stabbings, shootings and car rammings against Israeli security forces or Jewish settlers in the West Bank. Palestinians and rights groups often accuse Israeli security forces of using excessive force.

Tensions were running high Monday after an Israeli settler was killed Sunday night in a forest in the West Bank. Israeli authorities said they were investigating the incident as a possible terror attack.

On Monday afternoon, a settler suspected of throwing rocks at Palestinians died in a car accident during a car chase with the police. Groups of settlers also punctured tires of Palestinian cars near Hebron, and in other West Bank locations blocked roads and threw stones at Israeli forces. 

AP contributed this report. 

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