Jerusalem — Israeli police shot and killed a 16-year-old Palestinian near the West Bank separation barrier on Friday, the Palestinian Health Ministry said, while in Jerusalem’s Old City, an alleged Palestinian attacker was killed after stabbing and injuring two Israelis, according to Israeli police.
The outbreak of violence came as tens of thousands of worshippers were flocking to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque for noon prayers on the last Friday in the holy fasting month of Ramadan.It also came as Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas pleaded for a unified Arab resistance to a looming Middle East peace proposal from President Trump’s administration. The Palestinian leadership has rejected the deal in advance, arguing the Trump administration cannot act as a neutral arbiter in the decades-old conflict due to what is perceived as a bias in favor of Israel.
Violence flares upThe Palestinian Health Ministry said Israeli police shot and killed 16-year-old Abdullah Ghaith near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, adding that another 21-year-old Palestinian was wounded by a live bullet to the stomach.Israeli police said that the Palestinian teenager was shot while attempting to climb over the heavily guarded separation barrier from Bethlehem into Jerusalem. The police added that they were launching a probe into the incident.The boy’s father, Louai Ghaith, said his son had been trying to enter Jerusalem to pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque for the holy day. Ghaith’s body was brought to a Bethlehem hospital, where his distraught family identified the body.”He was going to fulfill his religious duty, he was going to worship,” Ghaith said. “They killed him… with a bullet to his heart, like a game, and 16 years I’ve been raising him.”In a separate event, Israeli police said they shot dead a 19-year-old Palestinian suspected of carrying out two stabbings near Damascus Gate, a bustling main entrance to the predominantly Palestinian part of the Old City.Police said one Israeli was in critical condition, while the second was in moderate condition. The suspect, police added, was shot by security forces while running through the Old City’s Muslim quarter.The stabbings occurred just hours before busloads of Muslim worshippers were to arrive from both Israel and the West Bank for Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque, located in the Old City.