Palestinian killed in alleged knife attack in Hebron

By Qais Abu Samra

HEBRON, West Bank (AA) – A Palestinian was shot dead in an alleged stabbing attack in the West Bank city of Hebron on Monday, according to the Israeli military.

In a statement, the army said the Palestinian stabbed a soldier in the Old City in Hebron.

According to the statement, the attacker was shot and “neutralized”.

Israeli media said the Palestinian was killed in the attack.

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Israeli policewoman shot Palestinian for ‘fun’

JERUSALEM (AA) – An Israeli policewoman was arrested on suspicion of shooting a Palestinian for entertainment in the occupied West Bank, Israeli daily Haaretz reported on Tuesday.

The policewoman in her 20s shot the Palestinian man in May “for no apparent reason” while she was on duty near al-Zaim checkpoint in East Jerusalem, Haaretz said.

The Palestinian was seriously injured in the incident.

The incident came to the knowledge of the Justice Ministry while investigating another case in which a Palestinian was badly beaten by border police.

The suspect apparently shot the Palestinian as a “dubious form of entertainment”, the judge at a hearing in the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court said.

The incident was filmed by a policeman in the unit, where another policeman can be heard shouting at the Palestinian in Arabic to go away.

A few seconds later, the Palestinian was shot in the back with sponge-tipped bullet, Haaretz said.

Investigators believe that the shooting occurred after police officers returned from operation, during which they arrested the Palestinian, thus he was under their responsibility.

There was no comment from Israeli police on the incident.

Human rights groups say Israeli security personnel often escape punishment when it comes to attacks on Palestinians.

Israel tightens security on Palestinian W. Bank workers

By Qays Abu Samra

SALFIT, Palestine (AA) – The Israeli authorities have ratcheted up security measures on Palestinian laborers who work at the Barkan settlement in the occupied West Bank.

On Sunday, two Israeli settlers were killed and a third was injured in a shooting attack inside an industrial zone near the Jewish-only Barkan settlement.

Laborers who spoke to Anadolu Agency on Tuesday said they now had to undergo hours-long searches when going to work at Israeli factories located in the settlement.

"Before the shooting [on Sunday], we would enter [Barkan] in 15 minutes; now I have to wait at the entrance of the industrial zone for an hour and a half before I can to get to work," Muayed Amer, a Palestinian laborer, told Anadolu Agency.

Laborer Mohamed Hassan, for his part, said workers were now forced to wait “for hours” — even though they had work permits — until being allowed to enter their places of employment on the settlement.

Following Sunday’s shooting, the assailant — a former Palestinian worker from the West Bank city of Tulkarm — managed to flee the scene and is now the target of a manhunt by police.

UPDATE 2 – 2 Israelis killed in West Bank shooting

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By Osama al-Ghassani

JERUSALEM (AA) – Two Israelis were killed and another was injured in a shooting attack in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, Israeli media reported.

Two Israelis were critically injured and later died of their wounds in the attack that took place in an industrial area near the settlement of Barkan in the central West Bank, according to the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation.

A third Israeli sustained serious injuries in the attack.

Israeli media said the shooter was a former Palestinian worker from the West Bank city of Tulkarem.

The Israeli army has launched a manhunt for the attacker.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, for his part, vowed to bring the attacker to justice.

“Security forces are in pursuit of the despicable murderer, and I am sure that they will catch him and bring him to justice,” he said at his weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Palestinian group Fatah said Israel’s denial of Palestinian rights was the cause of such attacks.

“There will be no security for anyone as long as the Palestinian people are denied their rights,” the group said in a statement.

“The only solution to peace is to recognize our people’s right to establish their own state on the lands occupied in 1967 with Jerusalem as its capital,” it added.

UPDATE – 2 Israelis killed in West Bank shooting

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By Osama al-Ghassani

JERUSALEM (AA) – Two Israelis were killed and another was injured in a shooting attack in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, Israeli media reported.

Two Israelis were critically injured and later died of their wounds in the attack that took place in an industrial area near the settlement of Barkan in the central West Bank, according to the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation.

A third Israeli sustained serious injuries in the attack.

Israeli media said the shooter appeared to be a former Palestinian worker from the West Bank city of Tulkarem.

The Israeli army has launched a manhunt for the attacker.

3 Israelis injured in West Bank shooting

By Osama al-Ghassani

JERUSALEM (AA) – Three Israelis were injured in a shooting attack in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, Israeli media reported.

The Israeli Broadcasting Corporation said the shooter appeared to be a former Palestinian worker from the West Bank city of Qalqilya.

According to Israeli Channel Two, two Israelis were critically injured in the attack. Another woman sustained serious injuries.

The attack took place near an industrial area near the settlement of Barkan in the central West Bank.

The Israeli army has launched a manhunt for the attacker.

3 dead in US shooting

By Umar Farooq

WASHINGTON (AA) – At least three were killed Thursday in a shooting in the state of Ohio, according to a police department.

Five others were also injured. The suspect was also reported dead.

The shooting was reported at around 9a.m. (1300GMT) at the Fifth Third Bank in downtown Cincinnati, and at least three police officers engaged the shooter.

The information was confirmed by the Cincinnati Police Department's on Twitter.

“This is a true tragedy. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those affected by the incident this morning," City Manager Patrick Duhaney said in a statement.

Turkey jails 3 suspects over US Embassy gun attack

By Serdar Acil

ANKARA (AA) – An Ankara court on Saturday remanded in custody three suspects over the U.S. Embassy drive-by shooting on Aug. 20 in the capital Ankara, a judicial source said.

A total of six suspects were arrested in relation to the incident but only Ahmet Celikten, Osman Gundas and Ersin Bayramhas were jailed pending trial by a court, said the source, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

According to the Ankara Governor's Office, Celikten and Gundas confessed to their involvement in the attack.

The attack took place at 5.30 a.m. local time (0230GMT) when six shots were fired from a white vehicle at the U.S. Embassy's main entrance.

Turkish security forces later said the suspects were drunk at the time of the attack.

US: Ex-police officer convicted for killing black teen

By Umar Farooq

WASHINGTON (AA) – A white former Texas police officer was convicted Tuesday for the April 2017 killing of an unarmed black teenager.

Roy Oliver was fired from the Balch Springs Police Department days after shooting into a car carrying five teens as they were leaving a party, killing 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, who was sitting in the front passenger seat.

He was found guilty of murder by jurors in a Dallas County courtroom but not guilty on two counts of aggravated assault.

The ex-officer had pleaded to the court, claiming he had no choice but to shoot because his partner was in danger.

But his partner, Tyler Gross, testified saying they were in no danger and that he did not feel the need to shoot at any time.

The conviction is a rare occurrence since only 33 percent of police officers are convicted of crimes when going to trial, according to an analysis by FiveThirtyEight, an ABC online affiliate.

The decision was good news for the family of Edwards, who had filed a civil lawsuit over his death.

"I'm happy, very happy. It's been a long time, a hard year," Edwards' father, Odell Edwards, told NBC news.

UPDATE 2 – 2 dead, 11 injured in Florida mass shooting

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By Dildar Baykan

NEW YORK (AA) – Two people were killed and eleven others injured in a shooting in Jacksonville, Florida on Sunday during a video game tournament, police said.

The incident took place in the Jacksonville Landing area, a shopping and dining complex located along the St. Johns River.

In a news conference, Sheriff Mike Williams said: "There were nine victims transported by JFRD [Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department] to area hospitals.

"There were two additional gunshot victims that self-transported themselves to local hospitals," said Williams.

The gunman, identified as 24-year old Davit Katz from Baltimore, Maryland took his own life following the shooting, he added.

Earlier, he said there was no additional suspect in the area.

In February, a former student armed with an assault-style rifle killed 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida.