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Thousands attend Ramallah funeral of slain 13-year-old

Oct. 12, 2015 7:51 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 12, 2015 8:37 P.M.)
(MaanImages/Samer Nazzal)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Thousands of Palestinians on Monday marched in the funeral of 13-year-old Ahmad Sharaka, who was shot dead by Israeli forces a day earlier during clashes north of Ramallah.

The funeral set off from the Palestinian Medical Complex in Ramallah and made its way to the al-Jalazun refugee camp.

Sharaka's body was carried to the refugee camp mosque before he was buried in the camp's cemetery.

One of Ahmad's friends told Ma'an that the boy had gone to a hilltop in the al-Balu area of al-Bireh, in northern Ramallah on Sunday, when he was shot by an Israeli sniper in the neck.

The friend said that Ahmad had loved sports, including swimming and football. He said that he had to leave school to help his ill father support his family, and had one brother and five sisters.

Sharaka was the 24th Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces since the beginning of October.

The Israeli army has come under repeated criticism over its violence toward children.

Defense for Children-Palestine said in a report last month that Israeli forces and Jewish extremists had killed at least 1,991 children since 2000.

During the al-Bireh clashes, another Palestinian was shot in his leg with a live round, while another was shot and injured with a rubber-coated steel bullet.

In clashes across the occupied Palestinian territory on Sunday, the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health counted 77 Palestinians who were shot and wounded with live rounds.

More than 1,300 Palestinians have been shot and injured by live rounds and rubber-coated steel police since fierce protests swept the occupied Palestinian territory at the beginning of the month.
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