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Palestinian shot dead in Shufat as Jerusalem clashes continue

Oct. 10, 2015 10:07 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 10, 2015 6:18 P.M.)
The body of Ahmad Salah, 24, is carried into a mosque in Shufat on Oct. 10, 2015, after being killed by Israeli forces the night before. (MaanImages)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) - Palestinian Ahmad Salah, 24, was shot dead in Shufat Refugee Camp in occupied East Jerusalem overnight Friday, after clashes broke out with Israeli forces near an Israeli checkpoint at the camp entrance.

A spokesman for the Fatah movement in Shufat, Thaer al-Fasfous, told Ma'an that "fierce clashes resumed overnight near the Shufat checkpoint, during which Israeli occupation forces fired live ammunition directly at the young men from close range."

Several young men were injured including two in serious condition, al-Fasfous said, adding that an injured young man was detained after Israeli paramedics gave him first aid.

Locals told Ma'an that Israeli forces prevented them from reaching Salah after he was shot.

The young man was "left on the ground and bleeding to death" before Israeli forces took his body, which was eventually taken to Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem, locals said.

Salah's body was delivered by Israeli authorities Saturday morning to his family in Shufat Refugee Camp.

The family mourned over his body before it was carried to a mosque for funeral prayers. Thousands of mourners have reportedly gathered outside the mosque to join the funeral procession.

Clashes were reported in other East Jerusalem neighborhoods overnight Friday, including Wadi al-Joz, the Hatta gate area in the Old City, and in al-Issawiya, where locals said a young man was shot in the head and currently in serious condition.

Israeli forces also detained a Palestinian woman from al-Issawiya while she was returning home after work Friday evening.

An Israeli police spokesperson did not immediately respond for comment on Friday night's clashes.

Palestinians gather outside of a mosque in Shufat Refugee Camp on Oct. 10, 2015, awaiting a funeral procession for Ahmad Salah, 24, who was killed by Israeli forces the night before. (MaanImages)

'No justification'

Salah's death comes one day after Wissam Faraj, 20, was shot dead by Israeli forces in the camp on Thursday.

Faraj was killed when Israeli forces raided the camp and attempted to ransack the home of Subhi Abu Khalifa, who had allegedly stabbed an Orthodox Jewish man in Jerusalem earlier in the day.

A series of stabbing attacks have been carried out by both Palestinians and Israelis in recent days as clashes have flared across the occupied Palestinian territory. The recent violence has left 17 Palestinians and four Israelis dead since Oct. 1, two of whom were settlers.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held an emergency press conference on Thursday night in response to the attacks, where he vowed to take action against "inciters and attackers."

While the PM referred to the stabbings as a "result of wild and mendacious incitement" by Palestinian leadership, Palestinian leadership has over the past week blamed the ongoing Israeli military occupation, restrictions at the Al-Aqsa mosque, and ongoing attacks by Israeli settlers as the root cause for recent violence.

Amnesty International on Friday said there was "no justification" for recent attacks and killings of Palestinians across the occupied territory.

The rights group urged Israeli authorities to "halt the use of excessive force and unlawful killings of Palestinians by Israeli forces, end punitive home demolitions and other collective punishment of Palestinians, and ensure that Israeli troops, police and civilians responsible for unlawful attacks on Palestinian civilians in the OPT are held accountable."
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