Guard shoots axe-throwing Palestinian at Kalandiya

January 22, 2012 10:46


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Security guards at the Kalandiya checkpoint in between Jerusalem and Ramallah opened fire and struck a 30-year-old Palestinian man in his lower body Sunday morning. The man is alleged to have arrived at the checkpoint with a bag, from which he produced an axe,ran toward the soldiers and threw the axe at civilian security guard manning the checkpoint.

Police Spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said that the man threw the axe at the guard, who was uninjured. When the Palestinian man failed to heed the guards' orders to stop, the guard fired one shot into the air. He fired a second shot at the man's legs when he continued running towards the checkpoint.

Initially treated by Border Police medics at the scene, the Palestinian man was transported to Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem in light condition.

In a search of the man's bag, security forces found a knife. He will be questioned by security forces after receiving medical treatment.

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