Photos by Oren Ziv, Yotam Ronen / Activestills.org
Text by Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man
Thousands of people demonstrated Saturday afternoon against the deadly police shooting of a young man in the Arab town of Kafr Kanna the night before. Khir Hamdan, 22, had attacked a police van with a knife but was fleeing when an officer shot him.
Arab youth clash with Israeli riot police in Kafr Kanna, Israel. The protests come less than a day after an Arab man from the village was shot and killed by Israeli policemen. Security cameras caught the man attempting to attack the policemen, as well as the shooting, which took place after the man had already backed away considerably. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)
Away from the main protest, police arrested at least four people who were part of a smaller group that was throwing stones and burning tires. Police used sponge-tipped bullets and putrid “skunk” water canons to disperse the demonstrators and prevent them from accessing the nearby Route 77.
In response to the killing, a general strike on Sunday was called for large portions of the Palestinian population of Israel.
Police on horseback seen during clashes in the village of Kafr Kanna, in northern Israel. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)
Read Haggai Matar’s report about the shooting here.
Police use the ‘skunk’ water canon to disperse protesters in Kafr Kanna, a day after Israeli police fatally shot an Arab man in the village. (photo: Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)
WATCH: Security camera catches the killing of Khir Hamdan:
WATCH: Police kill would-be attacker as he runs away
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