Time News Desk: Sister of Palestinian Mohammed al-Shaham, 21, killed during an Israeli home raid, carries her brother’s bloodied shirt as she mourns with his mother, 2nd left, and other women at their family home in Kafr Aqab town, in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, on Monday.
Israeli security forces shot dead a Palestinian man they said had tried to stab officers during a home raid to locate weapons in east Jerusalem early Monday.
‘A suspect who tried to stab our fighters was neutralised,’ police said, adding that the man, identified by Palestinians as Mohammed al-Shaham, 21, had died in an Israeli military hospital.
The man’s father, Ibrahim al-Shaham, said that his son was shot in the head at point-blank range and was left bleeding for 40 minutes.
According to al-Shaham, police knocked on their door at 3:30am and ‘we didn’t manage to make it to the door, Mohammed got there first, and the door exploded’.
‘They [police] started shooting inside the house, the first shot was in Mohammed’s head,’ he said, adding that police left him bleeding before arresting him and taking him away.
Jerusalem Border Police said it launched the raid to locate weapons in the town of Kafr Aqab, which is part of Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem but located on the West Bank side of the security barrier.
Al-Shaham said that one of the police officers had told him that they got the wrong house.
Police did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the father’s claims, and did not say whether they found any weapons in the house.
The Palestine Liberation Organisation’s new secretary general, Hussein al-Sheikh, called for ‘an immediate and urgent international investigation’ into what he labelled a ‘criminal execution’.
On Sunday, eight Israeli and US citizens were wounded when a Palestinian gunman opened fire on a bus just outside Jerusalem’s Old City.
That shooting came a week after the end of a deadly three-day conflict between Israel and Islamic Jihad militants in the Palestinian coastal enclave of Gaza.