Palestinian shot dead in Jerusalem by Israeli police

WION Web Team Jerusalem, Israel May 30, 2020, 01.29 PM(IST)

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The Palestinian was suspected of carrying a weapon, but was later found to have been unarmed, according to local media reports.

Israeli police officers shot a Palestinian in Jerusalem's Old City on Saturday, as per the local media.

The Palestinian was suspected of carrying a weapon, but was later found to have been unarmed, according to local media reports. However, the police has not confirmed if the suspect was unarmed. He was declared dead immediately after.

"Police units on patrol there spotted a suspect with a suspicious object that looked like a pistol. They called upon him to stop and began to chase after him on foot, during the chase officers also opened fire at the suspect," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

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The local media also speculated that the suspect might have been mentally challenged. The police has not confirmed this speculation.

Tension has risen in recent weeks with Israel saying it hopes to move ahead with a plan to extend sovereignty to Jewish settlements and the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank - a de-facto annexation of land the Palestinians seek for a state.

This Friday, too, the Israeli military reported that its troops in the West Bank shot a Palestinian attacker who had tried to run them over with a car. The attacker was declared dead.

(With inputs from Reuters)