Is­raeli troops shoot Pales­tinian dead at West Bank fu­neral

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Is­raeli troops shot dead a Pales­tinian man in the West Bank on Fri­day when they opened fire dur­ing the fu­neral of a Pales­tinian re­cently re­leased from Is­raeli jail, medics said.

Two other Pales­tini­ans were wounded when Is­raeli troops opened fire to quell protests that erupted in He­bron af­ter the burial of the man, who had died shortly af­ter leav­ing pri­son, the medics said.

The 30-year-old vic­tim, Ziad Awad, was shot in the back, they said.

The Pales­tinian medics iden­ti­fied the man who was buried as a rel­a­tive, Jaa­far Awad, who fell ill be­fore he was re­leased from jail.

An­gry protests erupted dur­ing his fu­neral in the south­ern West Bank, with mourn­ers ac­cus­ing Is­rael of re­spon­si­bil­ity for his death.

Thou­sands of peo­ple marched in the fu­neral pro­ces­sion in the vil­lage of Beit Um­mar, and some pelted troops de­ployed nearby with stones, wit­nesses said.

Is­raeli sol­diers re­tal­i­ated by fir­ing tear gas and rub­ber bul­lets be­fore re­sort­ing to live rounds, the wit­nesses added.

The head of a Pales­tinian Author­ity body in charge of prisoner af­fairs, Issa Qaraqe, is­sued a state- ment al­leg­ing Jaa­far Awad had died of “med­i­cal neg­li­gence” at the hands of Is­raeli pri­son au­thor­i­ties.

“Is­rael alone is re­spon­si­ble for his death,” Qaraqe said in the state­ment, and called for an in­ter­na­tional probe.

Jaa­far’s fa­ther, Ibrahim Awad, told AFP be­fore his son’s death that Is­raeli pri­son au­thor­i­ties had given the 23-year-old man “an in­jec­tion that made him ill and to­tally weak­ened him.”

Is­rael jailed Jaa­far Ibrahim over “ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­ity” and “membership in the Is­lamic Ji­had” Pales­tinian mil­i­tant group — ac­cu­sa­tions de­nied by his fam­ily.

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