Border Guards kill Palestinian who pulled out a fake gun

Security forces shot dead a man wielding gun near Cave of Patriarchs, believing he was about to execute terror a attack.

No injuries reported among the Security Services

By Itamar Fleishman


A Border Guard officer shot and killed a Palestinian youth Wednesday after he threatened troops stationed near the Cave of the Patriarchs in the West Bank city of Hebron, with what later turned out to be a toy gun.

An initial inquiry derived that the Palestinian walked up to the troops stationed at the checkpoint and pulled a gun on one of the officers. A female Border Guard officer noticed the event and fired at him, killing him.

Medical sources in Hebron identified the teen as 17-year-old Muhammad Ziad Salameh. They said he suffered gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen, adding that the Palestinian EMTs that arrived at the scene were not allowed to take him to a hospital.

A few dozen Palestinians began rioting following the incident. Security forces used crowd-control measures to disperse the demonstration.

The IDF launched an investigation into the event. A statement by the by the Border Guard spokesman offered the following information:

“At about 6:30 pm a Palestinian youth arrived at a Border Guard post near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron. When one of the soldiers asked him to present identification, the youth attacked him, pulling a gun and holding it to the soldier’s head.




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