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Dozens injured in Ramallah funeral clashes

March 8, 2013 2:59 P.M. (Updated: March 11, 2013 4:00 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces clashed with protesters in the Ramallah village of Abud on Friday after the funeral of a man who died a day earlier after being wounded by Israeli forces two weeks ago.

More than 5,000 people attended the funeral procession of Mohammad Asfour, who was shot two weeks ago during protests in support of a hunger strike by four Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

Following his burial, clashes broke out at the entrance to Abud village, with Israeli forces firing tear gas canisters and rubber-coated steel bullets at villagers.

Soldiers chased village youths down alley-ways in the village, firing large amounts of tear gas, locals said.

Several people were injured by rubber bullets and suffered tear gas inhalation.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said that "earlier today around 1,000 Palestinians hurled rocks at security forces and they responded by using riot dispersal means."

There were no arrests or injuries, she added.

Mohammad Asfour was shot two weeks ago during protests in support of hunger striking prisoners and sustained injuries to the head, including bleeding in his brain.

He was in a coma before dying.
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