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Thousands of mourners join funeral of Qalandiya man

Nov. 29, 2013 11:18 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 30, 2013 10:58 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Thousands of mourners on Friday participated in the funeral of a man who died Thursday of wounds he suffered from Israeli fire eight months earlier.

Mahmoud Wajeeh Awwad, 24, died Thursday as a result of injuries he sustained after being shot in the head with a rubber-coated steel bullet eight months ago during clashes at the entrance of Qalandiya refugee camp.

The funeral procession started from from Palestine Medical Complex and ended at a mosque where participants prayed for him, and then went to the camp’s cemetery where he was laid to rest.

Masked and armed men from the al-Aqsa Brigades participated in the funeral and fired shots in the air during the procession.

After the procession, dozens marched toward Qalandya checkpoint and clashed with Israeli forces. Palestinian youths threw rocks at Israeli soldiers who responded by firing live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets, and tear gas.

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