Israeli-Palestinian tension escalates in Hebron

( Fresh riots broke out in the flashpoint city of Hebron on Thursday as a Palestinian youth shot and killed by Israeli Border Police on Wednesday was buried, Israel Hayom reported. Dozens of Palestinians hurled rocks and firebombs at IDF troops, who responded with crowd dispersal munitions. The Palestinians report five people injured in the protest. 

An Israel Border Policewoman, 19, shot and killed a Palestinian youth on Wednesday night in Hebron after the latter pointed a handgun at the head of another Border Policeman at a checkpoint near the Cave of the Patriarchs.

It was only after police forensics teams investigated the scene that it was discovered that the gun the Palestinian youth was brandishing was fake, Border Police commander Maj. Gen. Amos Yakov told Army Radio on Thursday morning. Yakov said that any Border Police officer would have acted the same way, as the handgun looked real. Yakov said the policewoman acted quickly and correctly when she assessed that her colleague’s life was in danger.

“We’re talking about Hebron, which is a volatile area. And it was dark and cold. So when you look at the gun used, in daylight it looks very real, so in the darkness in a tense situation it looked very real,” Yakov added.

The Palestinian Maan News Agency identified the killed Palestinian man as Muhammad Ziad Awad Salaymah, 17. Salaymah’s brother was reportedly a terrorist released in the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap deal and banished to the Gaza Strip. 

Posted on December 13, 2012 .