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Hundreds attend funeral of Palestinian boy killed by Israeli army

Hundreds of Palestinians attend the funeral of a 12-year-old boy who was shot dead by Israeli troops on Wednesday as he was riding in a car with his father in the occupied West Bank, according to Palestinian officials.

The Israeli military said one of its soldiers had opened fire towards the car's wheels after concluding that the vehicle had been involved in "suspicious activity" earlier in the day. Palestinians dispute the account.

"We are looking into the claim that a Palestinian minor was killed as a result of the gunfire. The incident is being reviewed by senior commanding officers," the military said in a statement.

The boy was shot in the chest, the Palestinian health ministry said following the incident in the Palestinian village of Beit Ummar, near Hebron in the southern West Bank. He died several hours after being rushed to a nearby hospital.

After his funeral, clashes erupted between stone hurling Palestinians and Israeli soldiers, Reuters witnesses said.

(Source: Reuters)


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