Khair al-Din Rouf Hamdan, 22.
Khair al-Din Rouf Hamdan, 22.

Nazareth, 15 Muharam 1436/8 November 2014 (MINA) – A young Palestinian citizen died on Saturday morning after being shot in the chest by Israeli police during an arrest raid in a village north of Nazareth.

According to locals in the Galilee-region town of Kafr Kana in northern occupied land, Khair al-Din Rouf Hamdan, 22, was shot dead after police attempted to arrest his cousin, Palestine Maan quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA).

Israeli police accused  Hamdan had been wielding a knife at the time of the incident and had attempted to stab an officer before being shot dead.

Following his death, locals in the village announced a general strike in protest against the killing.

Video emerged following the killing that appeared to show Hamdan hitting a police car with a small object.

The video footage — which could not be independently verified — subsequently shows a police officer exiting the car and shooting Hamdan at close range, before dragging him into the car.

Although the majority of Palestinians were forcibly  expelled from their homes inside  Palestine during the 1948, some Palestinians managed to remain in their villages and their descendants today make up around 20 percent of  Jewish’s population.

Palestinians has experienced routine discrimination, particularly in housing, land annexation and employment, and anger has risen in recent months over Israel’s assault on Gaza that left nearly 2,200 dead.

More than 700 Palestinians were arrested in protests across the country against the attack over summer.(T/R04/R03)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)