Deaf Palestinian shot by Israeli forces at checkpoint

Israeli security guards have shot and wounded a deaf Palestinian who was not able to hear the orders to stop at an occupied West Bank checkpoint.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Monday the 60-year-old man was walking in an area of the Qalandiya Crossing north of Jerusalem where only vehicles are permitted.

Rosenfeld said security guards ordered the man to stop but he continued to “approach them suspiciously”.

They then shot him in the legs. Rosenfeld said it was only then that the guards discovered the man did not respond because he “cannot hear or communicate”.

The incident comes less than three months after Israeli police shot and killed a 32-year-old Palestinian with severe autism.The man was chased by Israeli border police forces into a nook in Jerusalem’s Old City and fatally shot as he cowered next to a rubbish bin after apparently being mistaken for an attacker.

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