police shoots and kills an autistic Palestinian man while on his way to his special needs school

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A 32-year-old Palestinian man with special needs has died after he was shot by border police while on his way to his special needs school.

The death of Iyad al-Halak has sparked outrage. He was killed on Saturday, May 30, in east Jerusalem, Isreal Police said in a statement.

According to the statement, police officers who were stationed near Jerusalem’s Lion’s Gate noticed a young man holding a “suspicious object” that they said looked like a gun, and told him to stop. However, the man began to flee.

Border Police were called by Jerusalem policemen to help them chase the man on foot. During the chase, two of the border policemen fired at him, resulting in his death

After the chase, police searched the area for the “suspicious object,” which was allegedly in the man’s hand, but found nothing.

Following the incident, the gates to the Old City were closed by Jerusalem police, in fear of protests.


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