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Hundreds mourn Palestinian man killed by Israeli forces

Aug. 10, 2015 8:24 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 11, 2015 7:18 P.M.)
(MaanImages/Rasha Harzallah)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Hundreds of Palestinians on Monday marched in the funeral procession of 20-year-old Palestinian Anas Muntaser Taha, who was shot dead by Israeli forces the day before.

Taha, from the village of Qutna northwest of Jerusalem, was shot dead by Israeli forces after he allegedly took part in a stabbing attack on an Israeli civilian at a gas station on Route 443, southwest of Ramallah.

An Israeli army spokesperson said that Israeli forces opened fire "to prevent the suspect from escaping," adding that they were searching for up to three other Palestinians allegedly involved in the attack.

Taha's body was handed to his family at al-Jeeb checkpoint after an autopsy was performed at Abu Kabir Forensic Institute.

The funeral procession started from Palestine Medical Complex and made its way to his hometown of Qutna where prayers were held and his family saw him for the last time before he was laid to rest.

Palestinian and factions flags were held during the funeral procession.

Taha's death brings the total number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces across the occupied Palestinian territories to at least 23 since the beginning of the year, according to UN figures.

The UN reported that in the same period, Israeli forces also injured 1,149 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and 52 in the Gaza Strip.

(MaanImages/Rasha Harzallah)

(MaanImages/Rasha Harzallah)

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Brian Cohen / Israel
"Allegedly"??? Video at the location clearly shows Taha with knife in hand and there is an Israeli in hospital with deep stab wounds after Taha tried to kill him. This looks like Taha committed 'suicide-by-IDF'. Looks like Hamas had something on him and forced him to commit suicide.
11/08/2015 08:57
David / UK
Where's the video? I haven't seen it. I'll believe it when I see it.

In any case, the suspect was fatally shot while fleeing. If he claimed to be Jewish he would have been safely taken into custody, like the Orthodox man who stabbed 6 people recently at the Gay rights parade in Tel Aviv.
12/08/2015 11:49
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