Israeli security forces on Saturday raided the home of an East Jerusalem who was killed earlier in the day while trying to stab police officers near the Jaffa Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem, the Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported.
According to the report, troops entered the family home of Musab al-Ghazali in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, hours after he was shot dead by police officers on Saturday morning.
The man’s uncle, Abu Wajdi al-Ghazali, told Ma’an that the Israeli forces who carried out the raid in Silwan also summoned the attacker’s brothers and father for questioning.
Police on patrol near the gate had noticed the man behaving in a suspicious manner, as he appeared to be following Jewish worshipers walking nearby.
When the officers approached him and said they wanted to search him, the man pulled out a knife and lunged at them. The officers shot and killed him. The policemen were unharmed.
Ma’an quoted the uncle as saying that Musab al-Ghazali had mental disabilities. He also reportedly denied that his nephew had tried to stab the police officers, saying that the unemployed 26-year-old had set out to collect used bottles, in order to reclaim the deposit money on them.