ISRAELI OCCUPATION KILLS A YOUNG MAN NEAR THE AL-AQSA MOSQUE COMPOUND

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Israel’s occupation forces shot and killed a young man near one of the gates of the the al-Aqsa mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem late on the morning of Saturday February 22nd.

The victim has been identified as 33-year-old Maher Yusef Zaatara from the al-Salaa neighbourhood of Jabal al-Mukaber in the occupied East Jerusalem. He leaves behind three children aged 3, 4 and 6.

Palestinian eye-witnesses have denied the standard Israeli occupation forces’ claim that he would have ‘tried to stab’ Israel’s occupation forces’ members.

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Israeli occupation claimed that Zaatara would have approached Israeli occupation forces’ members “rapidly” and “raised a knife to stab”. According to contradictory eye-witness claims, he was jogging beside a wall when shot.

Videos capture only the immediate aftermath of his shooting, with Israeli occupation police officer closest to him with a hand-gun in his hands, and Israeli occupation paramilitary border guards approaching from another direction.

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No effort to check on the Maher Zaatara and give him first aid is shown in the videos and photographs that show him slumped on the ground beside a wall after he was shot.

Later photographs show his body being removed from the scene of the incident. Israeli occupation has so far published no photographs of the alleged knife.

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Maher Zaatara’s home in Jabal al-Mukaber was raided by Israeli occupation forces after he was killed. At least one person was seen as being kidnapped by Israel occupation troops.

A female illegal Israeli settler is said to have been slightly wounded from the shrapnel of bullets that Israeli occupation troops shot at Zaatara.

 (Source / 22.02.2020) 

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