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Thousands join funeral procession for man killed in Birzeit

Feb. 28, 2014 3:56 P.M. (Updated: March 1, 2014 5:57 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Thousands of Palestinians participated in the funeral procession of Muatazz Washaha on Friday, a day after Israeli forces killed him during a siege on his home in Birzeit.

The procession started with a military march in front of the Palestine Medical Complex before he was taken to his uncle's home near Birzeit.

Washaha's body was then carried by masked PFLP members to a local mosque, where he was laid to rest.

Mourners shouted slogans calling for an end to negotiations with Israel and revenge for crimes committed against Palestinians.

Washaha's mother said she would avenge her son's killing and called for a response to Israeli crimes.

On Thursday, the Palestinian Authority condemned the "assassination" and demanded the "provision of international protection to the Palestinian People," arguing that the "crime marks further escalation and an addition to the daily killing practiced by the Israeli occupation against Palestinians."

The statement argued the killing was "deliberate," highlighting that Israeli forces had surrounded the house, evacuated residents, and then shelled the house, knowing Washaha was inside.

Muatazz Washaha was killed in a dawn raid on the central West Bank village of Birzeit after Israeli forces surrounded and shelled his home.

Israeli forces stormed the house and detained his brother, Ramiz Washaha, as well as Fadi Sedqi and Samir al-Qaisi, during the raid. No shots were fired at any point from within the house during the hours-long standoff.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said the raid was carried out to arrest an individual suspected of involvement in "terror activity."

Israeli forces have killed 40 Palestinians since the beginning of US-backed negotiations with Israel.

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