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Funeral held for suspect in Jerusalem car attack

Oct. 27, 2014 11:09 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 27, 2014 5:08 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Abd al-Rahman Shaludi, 21, who is suspected of deliberately ramming his car into pedestrians in Jerusalem last week, was laid to rest on Sunday after delays to the funeral amid tight Israeli security restrictions.

Video footage from the funeral showed a group of youths carrying al-Shaludi's casket to the cemetery near Jerusalem's Old City, chanting "God loves him because he is a shahid," or martyr.

The 21-year-old Palestinian was shot dead by police in what they called a "terror attack" after Wednesday's car attack, which killed two people.

His family say the incident was not deliberate.

A three-month-old girl was killed on the spot and on Sunday an Ecuadorian woman who was one of six people hurt died of her injuries, said Jerusalem's Hadassah hospital.

Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa condemned the attack that killed Karen Mosquera, saying on Twitter "We will reject violence from wherever it comes".

Israeli police had initially refused to return Shaludi's body to his family after a post mortem, saying the family had rejected an Israeli court's conditions for the funeral, which determined could be attended by only 20 people.

Jawad Siyam, an activist from Silwan, where the Shaludis reside, alleged Israel had threatened the family they would bury him on their own if they did not accept the conditions.

His family rejected those terms, but eventually the two sides agreed 70 people could attend, according to Siyam.

'Symbolic funeral'

Earlier on Sunday the family held what it called a "symbolic funeral" in honor of Shaludi in Silwan.

Hundreds of Palestinians attended the ceremony, bearing an empty casket and reciting prayers, before trying to ascend to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Heavily armed police used tear gas to repel hundreds at the "symbolic funeral," arresting one person in Silwan. Elsewhere in East Jerusalem police arrested two youths in al-Issawiya for stone-throwing.
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