Palestinian, 20, Shot Dead after Alleged Attack at Damascus Gate

A Palestinian man was shot dead at the Damascus Gate in occupied East Jerusalem on Wednesday after an alleged attack on security forces, Israeli police and media said.

Israeli police responded to the scene after the alleged attack and a suspect with a knife was shot dead, Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said.

Witnesses said the man was”executed in cold blood” after beingshot with 14 bullets and left to bleed on the ground. Israeli forces deployed in the area and shouted “terrorist, terrorist” at the suspect before shooting him, they added.

A Ma’an reporter identified the man as Basil Bassam Ragheb Sidr, 20. Initial reports incorrectly said he was 14.

Video footage captured by an MSNBC news crew show the man running down steps at Damascus Gate away from security forces, holding what appears to be a knife and a mobile phone.

Israeli security forces then open fire multiple times.

Israeli media reported that the man was approached after acting suspiciously and drew a knife at Israeli security forces.

The latest death brings the total number of Palestinians killed since Oct. 1 to 31, with at least 17 shot dead at demonstrations.

At least seven Israelis have been killed in the same time period.

– Read more: Palestinian, 20, shot dead after alleged attack at Damascus Gate – Ma’an

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