Two people were killed Wednesday morning and several others were hospitalized after an Israeli demolition raid into the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in Israel’s Negev region erupted into clashes between locals and police.
A Palestinian citizen of Israel was shot dead by Israeli special forces and police after he allegedly carried out a car ramming attack on Israeli officers, leaving several injured, according to Israeli police. However, local residents who were at the scene said that the driver lost control of his vehicle after he was shot by police, according to Israeli daily Haaretz.
Locals identified the slain Palestinian as a local teacher, 47-year-old Yaqoub Moussa Abu al-Qian.
Member of the Israeli Knesset Ayman Odeh of the Joint List, which represents parties led by Palestinian citizens of Israel, was injured in the head and back with rubber-coated steel bullets and taken to Soroka Hospital in Beersheba.
Odeh wrote in a statement on his Facebook page saying that “a crime was committed in Um al-Hiran as hundreds of police members violently raided the village firing tear-gas bombs, stun grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets. Villagers, women, men, and children stood with their bare hands against the brutality and violence of the police.”
According to Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, after Israeli police arrived to Umm al-Hiran to “prevent disturbances” and secure the area for Israeli authorities to carry out a demolition campaign in the village, “violent riots took place.”
Amid the clashes, “a vehicle driven by a terrorist from the Islamic Movement intended to strike a number officers and carry out an attack,” Rosenfeld said.
Police officers responded by shooting the driver to death, and the incident left a number of policemen injured.
Rosenfeld claimed that the slain Palestinian, later identified by locals as 47-year-old Yaqoub Moussa Abu al-Qian, was a member of the southern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, and that police were investigating to determine whether or not he was “influenced” by Daesh (the so-called Islamic State).
The police spokesman added that al-Qian was “involved in education and had a negative and dangerous influence.”
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