Jerusalem: An Israeli border guard on Sunday
killed a Palestinian who tried to grab his gun when detained
while trying to cross into east Jerusalem from the West Bank,
a police official said.
The man was apprehended along with a group of
Palestinians before he was shot and killed by the border
guard, the police source said on condition of anonymity.
His neighbours later identified him as Ezzedine Kawasba,
38, a father of five from a small village outside the West
Bank town of Hebron. They said he was a labourer who worked in
Thousands of Palestinians sneak into Israel each day from
the West Bank in search of work despite Israel`s separation
barrier, a network of walls and fences that snakes across the
territory and through annexed east Jerusalem.
On September 22, clashes erupted in Jerusalem after a
Jewish settlement guard shot dead a Palestinian during a
confrontation in a tense neighbourhood in the annexed Arab
eastern part of the city.
Israel occupied east Jerusalem in the 1967 Arab-Israeli
war and annexed it in a move not recognised by the
international community. It views the entire city as its
"eternal, undivided" capital.
The Palestinians have demanded east Jerusalem as the
capital of their future state, and the city`s future status
remains one of the most intractable issues in the decades-old
Middle East conflict.