posted at 03:50
Author Name: John Davison
Israel police kill Palestinian after attack on hardliner
The attack sent tensions in the city soaring to a new high, following months of almost daily clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police in Jerusalem's occupied eastern sector. Israeli police announced the closure of the compound several hours after a gunman opened fire on Yehuda Glick, leaving him critically wounded. Anti-terror police stormed the home of the suspected Palestinian gunman in Abu Tor, which borders the volatile east Jerusalem district of Silwan that has been the focus of months of confrontations between Palestinian youths and police. Police and border police forces were fanning out across the city to prevent any unrest, the statement said. An AFP correspondent at the scene said shots rang out shortly before 6:00am and around 20 armed police could be seen converging on a house as a police helicopter flew overhead. Curious onlookers gathered on nearby rooftops, some chanting "Allahu akbar". Shortly afterwards, local youths began throwing stones at the force and dragged a rubbish skip into the middle of the road as police fired back sporadically with rubber bullets and tear gas. A man's body could be seen lying on the roof of the house until it was taken away by a Red Crescent ambulance under a tight police escort, another correspondent said. Others questioned whether the police had come to arrest him.

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