Israel forces clash with Palestinians at Hebron funerals

Israeli forces clash with Palestinians at Hebron funerals as Palestinians bury five teenagers killed by Israeli soldier

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Palestinians wave their flags as they carry the bodies of five Palestinians who were killed by Israeli security forces in the West Bank town of Hebron on October 31

Israeli forces fought with a number of Palestinians as five Palestinians teenagers are buried in the West Bank city of Hebron on Saturday.

Thousands of Palestinian joined the funerals of the teenagers, in which two of them were girls. They shouted out "we will die but Palestine will live on" and waved Palestinian flags.

Following Israeli soldiers' incitement over attendants for funerals, some of the Palestinians threw stones at Israeli troops and at least 12 Palestinians were injured during the clashes, said medical sources.

Meanwhile one Palestinian was buried separately in east Jerusalem.

Israel has not been allowing the funerals of Palestinians who allegedly attacked Jews to take place, though on Friday, only seven bodies were released to reduce tensions.

Families of young people killed by Israeli forces, have protested in order to be able to carry out their funerals and have accused the Israelis of carrying out "collective punishment".

Ziad Natsheh, who buried his son Tareq, 17, said "Living in a country where there is nothing else but war, everyone expects to know death, injury or lose a child."

A mourner in Beit Fajjar near Bethlehem on October 31, 2015 carries the body of 8-month-old Ramadan Thawabteh, who died the previous day after exposure to tear gas fired by the Israeli army (AFP Photo/Musa al-Shaer).

The Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center, a Palestinian institution based in Ramallah, said that Israel holds at least 28 bodies -four of them minor and two women, at least 17 from Hebron- of Palestinians killed during the latest wave of violence.

Hebron's Palestinian governor, Kamel Hmeid, said the failure to release the bodies to the families is increasing anger in the city.

"Everyone is awaiting the handover of bodies ... Organisers of protests have made clear they will not rest before the bodies of martyrs are released to their families [for burial]," he said.

International human rights organisation, Amnesty International has criticised Israeli forces for using “extreme and unlawful measures."

It described the killings of some Palestinians as "extrajudicial executions" saying the victims did not pose an imminent threat to Israeli security forces at the time of their death.

Amnesty International also has urged Israeli officials to protect Palestinians in Hebron from any attacks carried out by a rising number of Israeli residents.

There were several army checkpoints set up in Hebron as access points to Jewish areas and young Palestinians, aged 15 to 25 are not allowed to enter the Jewish side.

Hebron is known for Jews as the Cave of the Patriarchs and for Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque. Hebron has about 200,000 Palestinian settlers while nearly 500 Israeli settlers are living close the city center of Hebron.


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