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Jerusalem - Israel: Guards, Not Officers, Killed 2 Palestinian Siblings

Published on: May 2, 2016 10:45 AM
By: AP
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FILE - Posters of Palestinian Maram Abu Ismail, 23, and her 16-year-old brother, Ibrahim Taha, who the Israeli police said were shot dead by the police after they tried to carry out an attack with knives at a checkpoint, are seen on a window at a mourning house near the West Bank city of Ramallah, April 27, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman  FILE - Posters of Palestinian Maram Abu Ismail, 23, and her 16-year-old brother, Ibrahim Taha, who the Israeli police said were shot dead by the police after they tried to carry out an attack with knives at a checkpoint, are seen on a window at a mourning house near the West Bank city of Ramallah, April 27, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

Jerusalem - Israeli police say security guards and not officers fired the shots that killed two Palestinian siblings at a West Bank checkpoint last week.

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A police statement on Monday says officers at the scene acted “according to regulations,” including firing warning shots in the air during the incident, and that security guards shot the brother and sister.

Israeli media reported the guards were civilian contractors. At the time of the incident, police said officers had also opened fire at the pair.

Police say the pair ignored calls to stop and that a woman threw a knife at officers. The siblings’ family and Palestinian witnesses have disputed the account, saying the siblings were some 20 meters (yards) away from security forces and could have been stopped without deadly force.



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 May 02, 2016 at 10:54 AM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

all should be tried for manslaughter acc. to Yaalon and Bibi.

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 May 02, 2016 at 11:23 AM Anonymous Says:

all should be hailed as heroes for stopping another stabbing

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 May 02, 2016 at 03:02 PM Anonymous Says:

checkpoints are covered by security cameras. Israel should release the video footage of the knife attack because there are videos all over the internet that do not show any attack.

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 May 02, 2016 at 07:55 PM stamm Says:

time for law changes
you come with a knife , you threaten with a knife you get killed!!! we gotta ge them to be afraid to do this!! we dont have to just subdue them we gotta stop them from trying to threaten or terrorize us. we gotta terrorize them!!!
MIND BOGGLING!! if theres a knife, or rock theres a bullet back- this is what they have to know like they know their name

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