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An Israeli border policeman stands guard at the Qalandia checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah on July 27, 2012 before Palestinian Muslims began to cross into Jerusalem to attend the second Friday prayers of the fasting month of Ramadan at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound. AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANI

An Israeli border policeman stands guard at the Qalandia checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah on July 27, 2012 before Palestinian Muslims began to cross into Jerusalem to attend the second Friday prayers of the fasting month of Ramadan at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound. AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANI

Israeli border police have shot dead a Palestinian man and wounded two others at the entrance to Jerusalem.

Border police spokesman Shai Hakimi says 40-year-old Akram Badr was traveling in a car that burst through a checkpoint at high speed early Monday and tried to run over officers who ordered him to stop.
 
Palestinian police said the car had entered a wrong lane and was backing up to enter the right one when Israeli border police mistakenly thought it was trying to hit them and opened fire.
 
Hakimi said police didn’t know whether the Palestinians were armed because the car drove off, eluding security forces.

July/30/2012

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