Israeli Shot and Killed Near Western Wall

Reuters has the breaking news:

A security guard shot and  killed an Israeli man on Friday at one of Judaism’s holiest  sites in Jerusalem, the Western Wall, which was immediately shut  to visitors, police said.

The guard opened fire after the man, in an adjacent  restroom, was heard shouting “Allahu Akbar,” Arabic for “God is  greatest”, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

Rosenfeld said the guard opened fire with his pistol because  he suspected the man was a Palestinian militant. “The fact he  shouted Allahu Akbar, that seems to be why the security guard  drew his weapon and fired a number of shots at him,” he said.

The incident occurred in one of Jerusalem’s most sensitive  areas. The Western Wall is one of Judaism’s holiest sites and a  place where thousands worship each week.

The plaza where the wall is located is next to the Temple  Mount, revered by Jews as the place where two biblical temples  stood, and the site of Islam’s third holiest mosque, al-Aqsa.

ynet news adds:

Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch expressed deep sorrow over the death of a Jewish man who was shot by a security guard in the Western Wall Plaza’s public toilet. The rabbi said he has confidence in the police and added, “regardless of the circumstances, such a case is a terrible tragedy.”

 

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