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Israeli forces injure 22 Palestinians following highly charged funeral

April 14, 2015 10:47 A.M. (Updated: April 17, 2015 11:06 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces injured 22 Palestinians during violent clashes in Sinjil village north of Ramallah on Sunday following the funeral of Muhammad Jasser Karakra, who was shot dead last Wednesday after he stabbed two Israeli soldiers.

Witnesses reported a large presence of Israeli soldiers at the main entrances to Sinjil village before the funeral procession arrived from Ramallah, saying that soldiers were stationed on higher ground and that many were masked.

Violent clashes later erupted and Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas canisters on crowds of young men, ambulance staff and journalists.

The Palestinian Red Crescent's center in Sinjil reported 22 injured, suffering rubber-coated bullets injuries and excessive tear gas inhalation. The center said they were being treated on site.

Israeli authorities released Karakra's body to his family on Sunday, having held it since he was shot dead after stabbing two Israeli soldiers at the Sinjil junction near the Shilo settlement.

One of the Israeli soldiers, 20, was critically injured after being stabbed in the neck. The other received minor injuries and then opened fire at Karakra, 27, who sustained critical injuries before being pronounced dead.

Locals told Ma'an that Israeli forces afterwards raided several areas surrounding Ramallah including Sinjil, Turmusayya, al-Luban al-Sharqiya, and al-Luban al-Gharbiya.

The attack came less than a week after an Israeli soldier was stabbed near the Oranit checkpoint in southern Qalqiliya, receiving light wounds.

That attack was the first on Israeli military or civilians since early March when a Palestinian man drove his vehicle into a group of border police standing in front of an Israeli border police station between East and West Jerusalem, striking five people.

In the same time period, Israeli forces had shot and killed two Palestinians and injured around 170 Palestinians, the majority during attacks on protests as well as during raids, according to the United Nations.
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