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Thousands mourn as West Bank deaths mount

Aug. 1, 2015 3:44 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 2, 2015 4:32 P.M.)
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Thousands of Palestinians on Saturday attended the funeral of Laith al-Khaldi, 17, who was killed by Israeli forces during clashes near the Atara military checkpoint in northern Ramallah the previous night.

Al-Khalidi was at least the 20th Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces since the start of 2015, not including those killed in attacks by Israeli settlers or prisoners who died while in Israeli jails.

The funeral procession began at the Ramallah hospital where al-Khaldi's body was being held and proceeded towards the al-Jalazone refugee camp where the teen was born.

Mourners condemned Israeli crimes against Palestinians.

Al-Khaldi was shot in the chest by Israeli forces after allegedly throwing a Molotov cocktail at the checkpoint's army post.

The 17-year-old later died from his injuries after undergoing two surgeries.

Several other Palestinians were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets during clashes near the checkpoint at the time.

Clashes broke out across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank on Friday night in response to the death of an 18-month-old Palestinian who was burned alive in an arson attack carried out by suspected Israeli settlers earlier that day.

Earlier Friday evening Israeli forces also shot dead 17-year-old Mohammad Hamid al-Masri in the Gaza Strip near the buffer zone, along with another Palestinian who was shot and moderately injured.

Four Palestinians were killed by live Israeli fire in July alone, in addition to the 18-month-old baby left dead by the Israeli settlers' arson attack.

The mother and father of the infant are still in critical condition in Israeli hospitals.

Shortly after the attack senior PA official Riyad al-Maliki rejected Israeli condemnations of the incident as hollow.

"We refuse to accept any official Israeli condemnation of the terrorist crime; they hold direct responsibility for the crime by their ongoing silence and deliberate ignoring and rejection of labeling these groups as terrorists," al-Maliki said.

"The arson attack was a clear reflection of the "incitement and hatred" against Palestinians that the Israeli government portrays daily in its policies, decisions and laws, al-Maliki added.

Palestinian leadership is currently pursuing charges against Israeli for war crimes in the International Criminal Court as rights groups argue Israel's investigative mechanisms are not capable of carrying out credible investigations into alleged violations of international law.

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Comments
Joe Fattal / USA
I believe Netanyahu try to get out of his mess by pressuring another country to get involve militarily once and for all. For Netanyahu a two state solution is out of question, a one state solution is also out of question so what's left for him except to incite
01/08/2015 16:12
Joe Fattal / USA
Cont...violence. Israel cannot survive without having a conflict, not because of the palestinians or even the Iranians, but because Israel wants to arm itself and become a super power in the region at the expense of the Palestinians and Iranians
01/08/2015 16:15
Joe Fattal / USA
Cont...which I doubt either one is interested to wage a war. The Palestinians are divided as is, the Iranians are after their nucear program and either one care less if Israel survive or not. So who is the threat in the region?. Israel is. Not even ISIS is a threat
01/08/2015 16:19
Joe Fattal / USA
Cont...to Israel. They are a threat to themselves with the Right-Wing extremists on the rise against the Palestinians and against Israeli themselves. So while Netanyahu is crying wolf over the Iranian deal he is getting richer, and while Palestinians are killed
01/08/2015 16:23
Joe Fattal / USA
Cont...everyday Israel is getting more isolated from the international community that sooner or later they will get more involve to solve this disastrous situation where Israel stand still waiting for some kind of intervention. The Right-wing will probably
01/08/2015 16:28
Joe Fattal / USA
cont...just that. There is a quote in the history of Israel back in the bible era that "Jews wage war against Israel". That when they had so many tribes. And we see just that with their extremists act of violence even on their own. So this is the intervention.
01/08/2015 16:32
Mel / UK
So foolish, Israel. Going down a black hole, of your own making. All alone coz you're so hated for your crimes.
01/08/2015 18:21
Khaled Mouammar / Canada
Israel is a colonial western outpost that was created by importing European Jews into Palestine, during the British Mandate, who then resorted to ethnic cleansing, genocide, land robbery to expel most of the Palestinian population and to implement 50 racist laws against the minority that remained behind.
01/08/2015 22:32
As / Usual
Hamas and Islamic Jihad just want more civilian martyrs, and
their fighters will just watch as Israel kills them, so that maybe
the international community will do something, which it won't !!
02/08/2015 00:17
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