The Palestinian police, in the West bank district of Bethlehem, have reported that an officer was shot and killed, on Tuesday [December 10, 2012] after gunmen opened fire at a police station in Teqoua’ town, east of Bethlehem.The slain officer has been identified as Nasser Daraweesh, from Beit Kahel town, in the southern West Bank District of Hebron.

Medical sources at the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, in Bethlehem, said that Daraweesh died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

Bethlehem Governor, Abdul-Fattah Hamayel, stated that gunmen opened fire at the police station, killing the officer, and then fled the scene.

Hamayel added that the police initiated an investigation into the attack, adding that police and security departments “will not allow this crime to pass unpunished”, will not tolerate any criminal acts or any others which aim at creating chaos and insecurity.

On December 9, a Palestinian man identified as Hasan Mubarak was shot and killed by Palestinian police fire in a nearby village.

The police said the man was wanted for criminal acts and that he was “accidentally hit by warning rounds”.

The police added that Mubarak was armed, and was involved in a fight between two families. His family denied the claim and said that the police ambushed him at a local school, where they shot him dead.