Military at Beit Ummar village (image from Palestine Solidarity Project)

A Palestinian man, 28-year-old Abed al-Rahman Bani Fadel,  was fatally shot by Israeli police, in the Old City of Jerusalem, after he allegedly stabbed and killed an Israeli security guard.

The Israeli security guard, Adiel Coleman,  from the illegal Israeli settlement Kochav Hashachar, was critically wounded Saturday afternoon when he was stabbed in the chest, and died later that evening in the hospital.

The alleged stabber was identified by Israeli sources as 28-year-old Abed al-Rahman Bani Fadel, from the West Bank village of Aqraba, who was shot and killed at the scene.

The incident took place on Haggay St., near the entrance to the Haram al-Sharif and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, holy sites for Muslims worldwide.

Initial reports from Israel’s Channel 10 television stated that Turkish identity papers were found on the body of the alleged assailant. But the Israeli military later changed that report, saying that Fadel , a Palestinian from the West Bank, was the attacker in the stabbing.

An Israeli police spokesman confirmed the attack, near the Western Wall, and said the assailant was “neutralized,” but gave no further details, as reported by the Post.

Israeli police blocked all gates leading to the Old City of Jerusalem, along with roads and streets adjacent to the historic walls of Jerusalem, and blocked Qalandia and Jaba’a checkpoints in the aftermath of the alleged attack, amid high tension and heavy deployment of troops near Jerusalem’s walls and inside the Old City of Jerusalem.

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