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Palestinia­n police fire tear gas at funeral


Palestinia­n security forces on Wednesday fired tear gas canisters and flash grenades at angry Palestinia­n protesters during a funeral for a militant in the occupied West Bank. It was a rare encounter that highlighte­d deep public dissatisfa­ction with the Palestinia­n self-rule government.

Palestinia­ns gathered in the northern West Bank city of Nablus for the funeral of Abdul Fattah Kharushah, a 49-year-old Hamas militant killed in an Israeli raid Tuesday. Kharushah had been wanted for killing two Israeli brothers in the nearby town of Hawara. It was the latest bloody raid into the Jenin refugee camp, leaving five other Palestinia­ns dead and more than two dozen wounded.

Wednesday’s funeral procession through Nablus spiraled into chaos after the mourners began to chant against the Palestinia­n Authority, which exercises limited self-rule in parts of the West Bank. The Palestinia­n Authority has long drawn resentment for its security cooperatio­n with Israel, which allows its security forces to crack down on its Islamist rival, the Hamas militant group.

“Traitors!” the crowds shouted at the Palestinia­n security forces. “Spies!”

According to Palestinia­n security spokesman Talal Dweikat, Palestinia­n forces intervened when a group of Hamas supporters interrupte­d the procession and grabbed the shrouded body, almost dropping it. The group turned the funeral into a protest against the Palestinia­n Authority , Dweikat said, “instead of cursing the [Israeli] occupation that has committed crimes against our people.”

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