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3 injured in clashes in Rafat after funeral of youth killed Friday

Aug. 2, 2014 6:22 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 3, 2014 4:42 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Three Palestinians were struck by rubber-coated steel bullets on Saturday during clashes in Rafat village north of Jerusalem following the funeral of a Palestinian youth slain by Israeli forces the day before.

Clashes erupted after the funeral march of Odai Nafiz Jabr, 19, as several youths headed towards the separation wall separating the village from Jerusalem near the Ofer Israeli detention center.

Jaber's mother Um Muhammad said that the youth was an activist with local popular committees and that he often participated in marches against the Israeli occupation in Ramallah and al-Bireh.

Jaber was killed on Friday after being struck by three Israeli bullets, two in the chest and one in the arm, during clashes in Safa village west of Ramallah.

He was the second Palestinian killed in protests in solidarity with Gaza on Friday, bringing the three-week death toll in the West Bank to 15 since Israel launched its assault on the Strip. More than 1,660 have been killed in Gaza in the same time.

In February, Amnesty released a report entitled "Trigger-happy," which found that Israeli forces display a "callous disregard" for human life, with near total impunity for the killing of Palestinian civilians in cases examined since 2011.

After two Palestinian youths were slain in protests on Nakba Day in May, Amnesty released a statement saying, "Israeli forces have repeatedly resorted to extreme violence to respond to Palestinian protests against Israel’s occupation, discriminatory policies, confiscation of land and construction of unlawful settlements."
Ma'an News Agency
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