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Israel: Riots after young Arab-Israeli man shot dead by police

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Israel: Riots after young Arab-Israeli man shot dead by police


There has been rioting in a northern Israeli village after a young Arab man was shot dead by police.

Thousands of protesters hurled rocks at police at Kfar Kana near Nazareth following the death of 22-year-old Khayr al-Din al-Hamdan.

CCTV footage shows the young man threatening a police patrol car. Then he backs away as an officer gets out of his patrol car and shoots him directly.

The film appears to cast doubt on the police version of events, which said as the man wielded a knife, officers feared for their lives and fired a warning before shooting him.

Hamdan died later in hospital.

Police are said to be investigating amid suggestions that officers may not have followed protocol.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has defended the officers and sharply criticised the protesters.

Meanwhile the EU’s new foreign policy chief visiting Gaza has called for the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Federica Mogherini, whose tour has also taken her to Tel Aviv, urged faster reconstruction following this summer’s 50-day war with Israel.

“If we do not build on the (truce) agreement that was reached in Cairo… and if we do not have the step two and step three of the agreement which means the reconstruction, the lifting of the blockade and the and at the end the Palestinian state, we will always go back and back to violence,” Mogherini said.

The 41-year-old added that she was born during raging Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which without strong will and leadership risked carrying on for another 40 years.

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