Riyad Mohammad Shamasneh

January 26, 2019: Riyad Mohammad Hammad Shamasneh, 37, was shot and killed by Israeli police officers who opened fire at his car in Bab al-‘Amoud (Damascus Gate) area, in occupied Jerusalem.

The Israeli Police said the Palestinian driver “endangered the lives of the officers, who opened fire at the car, and killed him during the ensuing chase.”

The police added that other Palestinians were also in the car, but did not provide further details about them, and only stated that the Palestinian “entered Jerusalem illegally, and was driving a car suspected to have been stolen.”

The Palestinians in the car were heading to their work in occupied Jerusalem, when the officers opened fire at their car.

Although Qotna is in the Jerusalem Governorate, Israeli surrounded and isolated the Palestinian town by the Annexation Wall, and its inhabitants have been denied access to occupied Jerusalem since 2004.

Riyadh was from Qotna town, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem, in the central West Bank. Source: IMEMC