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Several injured in Jerusalem funeral clashes

March 15, 2013 10:04 P.M. (Updated: March 17, 2013 10:06 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Clashes broke out north of Jerusalem on Friday following the funeral of a Palestinian man who died earlier in the day after being injured three weeks ago by Israeli forces.

Thousands of people took part in the funeral of Moayad Nazih Ghazawneh, 35, who died from severe heart problems after Israeli forces fired tear gas directly into his car during clashes in al-Ram.

He was transferred to intensive care after his heart stopped and passed away early Friday.

Ghazawneh's body was carried from al-Ram's mosque to the town's cemetery, with mourners shouting slogans against Israel.

After the funeral, several local youths were injured after clashing in al-Ram with Israeli forces, who fired tear gas canisters at protesters.

Photo-journalist Ahmed Douglas was injured in the neck during the clashes, locals said.

An Israeli army spokesman did not return calls seeking comment.

Ghazawneh's death is the latest in a series of recent killings in the occupied West Bank.

Mahmoud al-Teiti, a 25-year-old journalism student, died on Tuesday after he was shot in the head with an expanding "dum dum" bullet by Israeli forces in al-Fawwar refugee camp, medics said.

After the incident an Israeli military spokeswoman said soldiers opened fire in the camp while pursuing Palestinians who had attacked troops with fire-bombs nearby.

Last week, Mohammad Asfour, 22, died from wounds sustained in clashes with Israeli forces two weeks ago.

Asfour, a student in the sports department in Al-Quds University in Abu Dis, was shot during protests in support of a hunger strike by four Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.
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