Drama as Is­raeli police gun down Pales­tinian knife­man

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THIS is the dra­matic mo­ment a Pales­tinian man wear­ing what ap­pears to be a sui­cide vest at­tacks Is­raeli police of­fi­cers in the oc­cu­pied West Bank.

The man is seen fall­ing to the ground after be­ing shot three times near a mil­i­tary check­point on the out­skirts of the town of Ra­mal­lah yes­ter­day. He is wear­ing what looks like a sui­cide vest, with wires pro­trud­ing from black pack­ages, though it is un­clear whether it was vi­able.

Police said the as­sailant stabbed an of­fi­cer in the shoul­der. The shot man, iden­ti­fied as 29-year-old Mo­hammed Aqal from He­bron in the south­ern West Bank, died in hospi­tal.

Police were check­ing to see whether the Pales­tinian posed as a jour­nal­ist to get close to of­fi­cers.

Footage of the in­ci­dent on the Face­book page of a Pales­tinian news­pa­per shows the man re­treat­ing after stab­bing the of­fi­cer. Is­raeli forces shoot him in the legs

and again after he falls. A re­porter is heard say­ing the man is hold­ing a knife.

As two am­bu­lances ap­proached, sev­eral more shots were fired at the man and med­i­cal teams had to wait be­fore tak­ing him to hospi­tal.

It came as groups of pro­test­ers clashed with Is­raeli forces as the fall­out con­tin­ued over Don­ald Trump’s an­nounce­ment last week which recog­nised Jerusalem as Is­rael’s cap­i­tal. Fol­low­ing Mus­lim prayers, Pales­tini­ans set fire to tyres and threw rocks at Is­raeli troops who re­sponded with tear gas and live fire in the West Bank and along the Gaza border.

Two Pales­tini­ans were shot dead by Is­raeli forces in sep­a­rate clashes along the Gaza border yes­ter­day. Yasser Sokar, 32, and Ibrahim Abu Thu­rayeh, 29, be­came the fifth and sixth Pales­tini­ans to be killed in Gaza since Mr Trump’s an­nounce­ment.

Pales­tini­ans were in­fu­ri­ated by the Pres­i­dent’s de­ci­sion be­cause they saw it as sid­ing with Is­rael on ter­ri­to­rial is­sues, the most sen­si­tive is­sue in the con­flict.

Demon­stra­tors have burned Amer­i­can and Is­raeli flags and tram­pled on pic­tures of Mr Trump amid fears his an­nounce­ment would lead to ma­jor blood­shed.

Is­rael re­gards the whole of Jerusalem as its in­di­vis­i­ble cap­i­tal, while Pales­tini­ans claim the eastern sec­tor as the cap­i­tal of a fu­ture state.

Mr Trump’s an­nounce­ment marked the end of decades of of­fi­cial United States neu­tral­ity on the is­sue.

Knifed: A sol­dier reels as the dark-jack­eted as­sailant backs away

Shot: The at­tacker (with knife cir­cled) falls on the road

Af­ter­math: The wounded knife­man holds his stom­ach as the stabbed sol­dier slumps to the ground in pain

Ter­ror: The ‘sui­cide vest’ un­der the at­tacker’s coat

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