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Israeli forces clash with Palestinian mourners

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Palestinian mouners carry the body Falah Abu Mariya during his funeral on July 23, 2015. (AFP photo)

Thousands of Palestinian mourners have clashed with Israeli forces at a mass funeral held for a Palestinian man killed by the Tel Aviv regime troops in the occupied West Bank. 

According to Palestinian media sources, Falah Abu Mariya, 53, was shot three times in the chest during a raid on his home in Beit Ummar, located eleven kilometers (6.8 miles) northwest of the West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron) on Thursday morning. 

Later in the day, thousands of Palestinian mourners took part in a funeral procession for Mariya. The victim’s body was carried by the mourners through the troubled region, with the participants calling for the “avenging” of his death.

The Palestinians chanted anti-Israeli slogans and called on the international community to break its silence on Israel’s acts of violence against Palestinians across the occupied lands.

The mourners said they were out in the streets to show solidarity with their fellow citizens who are being killed by the Israeli forces nearly on daily basis. 

Witnesses said large crowds of people had started marching towards Abu Maria's home since early hours of Thursday.   

"Dozens of Palestinians have begun arriving at Abu Maria's house, amid anger in the town," witnesses early said.

Palestinian mourners gather for the funeral of Falah Abu Mariya in the West Bank town of in Beit Ummar on on July 23, 2015.


The funeral was largely peaceful until Israeli forces attacked protesters and fired tear gas canisters and rubber bullets to disperse the angry crowds. The protesters threw stones at Israeli troops in return. 

Unconfirmed reports also indicate that the Israeli soldiers also used live ammunition to disperse the crowds. 

Several mourners are said to have been injured during the clashes with security forces.

The Tel Aviv regime’s army has claimed that its soldiers responded to the mourners with "riot dispersal means.”

Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian demonstrator during a protest rally in the occupied West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron) on February 27, 2015. ( AFP photo)


The Palestinian Authority's official news agency Wafa said Abu Maria was killed "in cold blood" while trying to protect his two sons.

Palestinian medical sources say one of Abu Mariya’s son was being treated for a gunshot wound to the pelvis.

Meanwhile, Palestinian resistance groups - Hamas and Islamic Jihad - strongly condemned the raids in the occupied territories, and hinted at revenge after Thursday's death.

"We hold the Zionist occupation's forces totally responsible for the killing of the martyr Falah Abu Maria in cold blood," they said in a joint statement, adding, "The two movements stress our people's right to self-defense and to a response to the crimes of the occupation, by all possible and available means."

The killing is the latest in a series of similar incidents happening to Palestinians over the past months.

On Wednesday, Israeli forces killed 21-year-old Palestinian Muhammad Ahmad Alawneh during clashes in the northern West Bank town of Burqin, located west of Jenin.

Israeli forces and settlers often carry out attacks on Palestinian farms in a move aimed at driving Palestinian farmers from their land and causing damage to their crops.

Palestinian protesters run to take cover from tear gas during clashes with Israeli security forces following a protest on March 30, 2015 in the West Bank village of Silwad, north of Ramallah. (AFP photo)


International organizations and human rights groups say the Tel Aviv regime continues to enforce restrictions on the freedom of movement of Palestinians in the West Bank and other occupied territories.

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