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Palestinian tries to stab undercover cops during home search, is shot dead — police

Border Police officers sought to search Muhammad Shaham’s East Jerusalem home in Kafr ‘Aqab for illegally held weapons

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Muhammad Shaham is seen lying on the floor of his home next to a knife he allegedly used to attack Border Police officers with, August 15, 2022. (Israel Police)
Muhammad Shaham is seen lying on the floor of his home next to a knife he allegedly used to attack Border Police officers with, August 15, 2022. (Israel Police)

A Palestinian man was shot dead by undercover Israeli troops early Monday morning after he attempted to stab them during a search of his home in East Jerusalem, police said,

According to police, Border Police officers arrived at the home in Kafr ‘Aqab, the northernmost East Jerusalem neighborhood, to search for illegally held weapons.

“The family members came out and started confronting the troops when suddenly, the main suspect came out holding a knife and tried to stab our troops who responded by shooting,” a police spokesman said.

The alleged assailant was treated by police medics and taken for further treatment but later died, police said.

He was identified by Palestinian media as Muhammad Shaham.

Images published by the Border Police showed Shaham lying on the floor of his home next to a knife he’d apparently used to attack the troops with.

The Kan public broadcaster reported that Shaham’s family claimed a police officer told them there was a misidentification and they arrived at the wrong address. Police responded by saying there was no mistake and they had a search warrant.

Still, police did not say if any illegal weapons were found at the home.

The UN’s Mideast envoy said he was “deeply disturbed” by the killing, and called for an investigation.

“My deepest condolences to his family. This requires an immediate, independent and thorough investigation,” Tor Wennesland said on Twitter.

As troops left the neighborhood, Palestinians hurled stones and other objects from rooftops at the Border Police armored vehicles.

Kafr ‘Aqab is within the Israeli-drawn municipal boundary of Jerusalem, which Israel considers its unified capital. It is therefore off-limits to the Palestinian Authority, which is headquartered in the nearby city of Ramallah and governs parts of the West Bank. But the neighborhood is on the opposite side of the security barrier Israel built in the mid-2000s.

No Israelis were hurt in the incidents, according to police.

In separate raids across the West Bank overnight, troops detained 19 wanted Palestinians and seized several makeshift weapons, the IDF said Monday morning.

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