Civilian security guards at the Qalandiya checkpoint shot a deaf Palestinian man in the leg on Monday morning after he entered a restricted area and didn’t hear them calling for him to leave, police said.
The man, who is in his 60s, walked on foot into an area that is designated only for cars at the Jerusalem-area crossing, one of the West Bank’s busiest checkpoints. There have been many attempted attacks in the area as the security guards operate in the open.
“The guards called for the man several times to stop, and when he didn’t, they went through the ‘suspect arrest protocol’ in which they opened fire at him, lightly-to-moderately injuring him in the lower part of his body,” police said.
After the fact, Border Police determined that the man did not heed the guards’ commands because he has hearing and speech problems, a police spokesperson said.
The Palestinian man was taken to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center for treatment, a hospital spokesperson said.
Police did not immediately confirm that an investigation had been opened into the incident.