Abdul-Rahman Bani Fadel

March 18, 2018: Abdul-Rahman Bani Fadel, 28, was fatally shot by Israeli police in the immediate aftermath of a stabbing of an Israeli man in the Old City of Jerusalem. Israeli police said they suspected him of carrying out the stabbing attack

Adiel Coleman, the victim of the stabbing, worked as a security guard in the Old City of Jerusalem, but lived in the illegal Israeli settlement Kochav Hashachar. He was a father of four children.

The Palestinian who was killed at the scene, Abdul-Rahman Fadel, was also a father. He lived with his wife and two children in the West Bank village of Aqraba.

The incident took place on Haggay St., near the entrance to the Haram al-Sharif and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, holy sites for Muslims worldwide.

Initial reports from Israel’s Channel 10 television stated that Turkish identity papers were found on the body of the alleged assailant. But the Israeli military later changed that report, saying that Fadel , a Palestinian from the West Bank, was the attacker in the stabbing.

An Israeli police spokesman confirmed the attack, near the Western Wall, and said the assailant was “neutralized”.

Israeli police blocked all gates leading to the Old City of Jerusalem, along with roads and streets adjacent to the historic walls of Jerusalem, and blocked Qalandia and Jaba’a checkpoints in the aftermath of the alleged attack, amid high tension and heavy deployment of troops near Jerusalem’s walls and inside the Old City of Jerusalem.

Abdul-Rahman was from the village of Aqraba, near Nablus, in the northern part of the West Bank. Source: IMEMC