Hail Stawi

July 14, 2017: Hail Stawi, 30, was killed by Palestinian gunmen during armed clashes that took place near the Al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem.

Hayil, an Arab-Israeli who served as Staff Sergeant Major with the Israeli police, was killed along with another Arab-Israeli officer, identified as Staff Sergeant Major Kamil Shnan, while another police officer was injured, while exchanging fire with the three Palestinians, who were shot dead in the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The Palestinians who were killed in the gun clashes were also Palestinian-Israeli citizens from Umm al-Fahem Arab majority town, identified as Mohammad Ahmad Mohammad Jabarin, 29, Mohammad Hamed Abdul-Latif Jabarin, 19, and Mohammad Ahmad Mifdil Jabarin, 19.

Eyewitnesses said the three Palestinians were riding a motorcycle, before exchanging fire with the officers, and then ran towards the Dome of the Rock in Al-Aqsa compound where they exchanged fire with the officers, who were chasing them, before they were killed.

Following the fatal incidents, the soldiers completely sealed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and canceled Friday prayers, before preventing all Muslim worshipers from entering or leaving the mosque’s courtyards.

The Israeli police also detained and interrogated the Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Mohammad Hussein, in addition to 58 employees of the Waqf and Islamic Endowment Department, in Jerusalem.

The Mufti was later released after being ordered to pay a 10.000 Israeli Shekels bail, after several hours of detention and interrogation.

The police interrogated the employees for several hours, and released 53 of them, while three employees, identified as Ayman al-Khalidi, Majed Tamimi and Tariq Sandouqa, were remanded for further interrogation. Hayil was from al-Maghar town in Israel’s northern district. Source: IMEMC