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Thousands attend funeral of slain US-Palestinian teen

Oct. 26, 2014 3:29 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 28, 2014 9:59 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Thousands of Palestinian mourners in Silwad near Ramallah on Sunday attended the funeral procession of a 14-year-old Palestinian-American boy who was shot dead by Israeli forces on Friday.

All shops in the the town were closed in honor of the victim, Orwa Abd al-Hadi Hammad.

The funeral had been delayed until Sunday as locals awaited the arrival of Orwa's father from the US and his mother from Jordan.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said at the time of the killing that soldiers fired at a "Palestinian adult" who was preparing to throw a Molotov cocktail at forces in the area.

Witnesses said Hammad was hit by an Israeli sniper from close range, insisting the soldier shot to kill.

US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the US "expresses its deepest condolences to the family of a US citizen minor who was killed by the Israeli Defense Forces."

Calling for "a speedy and transparent investigation," Psaki said officials from the US consulate in Jerusalem were in touch with the family of the slain youth.

"We continue to urge all parties to help restore calm and avoid escalating tensions in the wake of the tragic recent incidents in Jerusalem and the West Bank," said Psaki.

AFP contributed to this report.
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