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Clashes erupt in Hebron after thousands attend joint funeral

Oct. 31, 2015 3:01 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 1, 2015 10:09 A.M.)
Clashes have broken out in Hebron nearly every day this month. (AFP/Hazem Bader, File)
HEBRON (Ma’an) -- Clashes broke out Saturday between Palestinians and Israeli forces in Hebron following the funeral of five Palestinian children shot dead by Israeli forces after alleged attacks in the occupied West Bank city earlier this month.

Four Palestinians were shot and injured by live fire and two others with rubber-coated steel bullets, the director of Hebron’s public hospital, Dr. Walid Zallum, told Ma’an.

A witness said he saw a young man falling to the ground after he was shot, but added that no gunshots were heard at the time and locals believed Israeli forces were using silencers.

Dozens of others suffered excessive tear gas inhalation after Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters, witnesses said. The areas worst hit included the neighborhoods of Bab al-Zawiya, Al-Adel Street, Beer al-Hummus and al-Sheikh.

Witnesses told Ma'an that Israeli soldiers showered the area with tear gas after angry mourners hurled stones and empty bottles at forces stationed at the entrance to al-Shuhada Street.

Over 10 ambulances were present at the scene seen offering first aid treatment to dozens of young Palestinians.

An Israeli army spokesperson did not have immediate information on Saturday’s clashes.

According to Israeli media, the Israeli military had issued a warning to security personnel beforehand to “expect violent clashes after the conclusion of services.”

Thousands of Palestinians turned out for the joint funeral of Dania Irsheid al-Husseini, 17, Bayan Ayman al-Essili, 16, Tariq Ziyad al-Natsha,16, Hussam Ismail al-Jabari,17, and Bashar Nidal al-Jabari,15.

The five children were shot dead after Israeli forces claimed they attempted to attack Israelis. The Israeli army said that all the attacks resulted in injuries to Israelis, except that of Dania, who locals insist was not involved in an attack.

Their bodies were handed over by Israeli authorities Friday night, after Palestinian protesters in Hebron staged a huge demonstration demanding that Palestinians' bodies be released.

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