Man Fatally Shot While Incapacitated Outside Israeli Hospital After Attempted Stabbing

Mustafa Younis, who suffered from psychiatric condition, was shot several times while being disarmed after lightly wounding security guard during violent confrontation

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The scene of the incident outside the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, May 13, 2020.
The scene of the incident outside the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, May 13, 2020.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
Josh Breiner
Jack Khoury

A 26-year-old man from the Arab village of Ara in Israel was shot dead on Wednesday while he was disarmed and lying on the ground after stabbing and lightly wounding a security guard at the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer.

The police launched an initial investigation, from which they claim that Mustafa Younis had threatened two people with a knife before stabbing the security guard. The guards then shot him five or six times while he was incapacitated and lying on the ground.

Mustafa Younis
Mustafa YounisCredit: Courtesy of the family

According to sources familiar with the investigation's details, Younis came to the hospital to undergo a psychiatric examination. During the examination, he pulled out a knife and threatened one of the doctors, but did not hurt her. When he left the examination, another man pointed out to him that he was not wearing a face mask, and he pulled out a knife again and threatened him.

The hospital's security department received a report of the incident, and security guards detained Younis as he was in his car about to leave the hospital. He refused to leave his vehicle, and after he was forcibly removed, pulled out a knife and stabbed one of the security guards in the head. As a result, the security guards neutralized him and then shot him.

Younis' uncle, Esam, said his nephew "is a psychiatric patient and has behavioral disorders." Esam added that "he came for counseling before an operation in his head, and also for a psychiatric examination. I don't understand what happened to him and the guard. He is a quiet guy and has no criminal record." Younis's brother added that he did not know why he was shot, and said: "He is a disabled person who has come for treatment."

he scene of the incident outside the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, May 13, 2020.
he scene of the incident outside the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, May 13, 2020.Credit: MDA

The Chairman of the Ara Local Council, Moder Younis, who accompanies the grieving family, told Haaretz that the family will require a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances of the incident. "To say that it was impossible to control him when you see a few security guards around him doesn't convince anyone, certainly not family members," he said. "It is clear that there are many questions and confusion. The fact that Mustafa is a sick person does not mean that he has to die in this way."

Magen David Adom paramedic Adi Ben Aharon, who treated the injured on the scene, said: "We saw the two injured near the entrance gate for cars, a 30-year-old man suffering from a stab wound, and was lying unconscious nearby. We put the injured guard in an ambulance that evacuated him to the emergency room and performed advanced CPR on the wounded [Younis] who was unconscious, without a pulse and without breath, and was also evacuated to the hospital in critical condition."

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