Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian teenager in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City on
Saturday, after he carried out a stab attack that left three Israelis lightly injured, with witnesses
asserting Israeli police could have easily detained the boy without killing him.
Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in a written statement that a 17-year-old Palestinian
armed with a knife stabbed and lightly injured two “Jewish young men” — aged 18 and 23, at around
Israeli forces chased after the teen, who ran inside a building that had its door left open, al-Samri
said. As Israeli police struggled to detain him, one policeman was slightly injured, according to alSamri.
More Israeli police officers arrived to the scene and opened heavy fire on the boy, killing him.
The slain Palestinian was identified by the Palestinian Ministry of Health as 17-year-old Ahmad Zahir
Fathi Ghazal from Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank.
In a recording shared on social media by local watchdog the Wadi Hilweh Information Center,
another eyewitness and shop owner on al-Wad street also said that Israeli police “could have
detained him (Ghazal), but they didn’t want to.”
“They ambushed him in the staircase. They could have detained him without any problem, but they
wanted to kill him instead. We heard four soldiers riddling him with bullets. It was like a battlefield.”
A video was shared on social media purporting to show the moment after the two Israelis were
stabbed, with one of their shirts visibly stained with blood.
The two, in traditional Haredi dress, can be seen walking away from the scene after a group of
Israeli border police rush inside an open doorway, after which at least a dozen gunshots can be
heard from inside.