Israeli Forces Detain Slain Palestinian Gunman’s 14-Year-Old Daughter

Israeli forces reportedly detained on Monday the teenage daughter of a Palestinian gunman who was killed by Israeli forces in occupied East Jerusalem while carrying out a deadly shooting a day earlier.

Misbah Abu Sbeih, 39, killed an Israeli police officer and an Israeli woman, and injured at least five other people during a drive-by shooting attack in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. He was then shot and killed by Israeli police on the scene.

Israeli forces raided the village of al-Ram in the occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem on Monday morning and detained Abu Sbeih’s 14-year-old daughter Eiman, along with her mother. The two were questioned for more than an hour before Eiman was taken into custody, relatives told Ma’an.

Israeli forces also informed the family that Abu Sbeih’s sons Izz al-Din and Sbeih were summoned for questioning. A video of Eiman hailing her father’s actions went viral on social media on Sunday.

“We deem my father as martyr,” she said in the video. “We hope he will plead for us before God on judgment day… I am proud of what my father did.”

Eiman said that on the day Abu Sbeih carried out the shooting, she performed dawn prayers with her father before bidding him farewell, as she expected him to turn himself in to Israeli custody.

“I asked if he wanted me to visit him in prison, and he replied: ‘Take care of your prayers and your studies, and I wish that you excel in your studies,’” she recalled in the video.

Locals told Ma’an that Palestinian youth from al-Ram threw stones at Israeli troops during the Monday morning raid in al-Ram. Israeli forces used large amounts of tear gas and stun grenades during the raid. No casualties were reported during the military operation.

Israeli forces stormed had stormed the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan and detained Abu Sbeih’s father and two of his brothers on Sunday afternoon.

Abu Sbeih, a resident of Silwan, relocated to al-Ram recently after he was banned from East Jerusalem for a month on Oct. 2. He had previously been banned from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque for six months, and in July, he was also issued a travel ban until the end of the year.

 

According to sources in East Jerusalem, Abu Sbeih was a prominent local activist and known to some as “the Lion of Jerusalem” for being on the “front lines” in “defending” the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Old City.

(MA’AN, PC)

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