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Thousands attend funerals of two Palestinians slain in clashes

Nov. 14, 2015 2:32 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 15, 2015 9:11 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma’an) -- Thousands of Palestinians gathered in the Hebron and Ramallah districts of the occupied West Bank Saturday for separate funerals of Palestinians shot dead by Israeli forces during clashes.

Near Hebron, mourners carried the body of Hassan Jihad al-Baw, 23, whowas shot in the heart on Friday in the town of Halhul and killed immediately, medics told Ma'an at the time.

The 23-year-old was given a symbolic military funeral that departed from Hebron's al-Ahli hospital. Palestinian security forces took part in the funeral as his body was carried to his family home in Halhul.

Al-Baw's relatives bid him a final goodbye before he was taken to Nabi Younis Mosque and then to the al-Shuhada cemetery where he was buried.

Mourners demanded international protection and a response to "Israeli violations and executions against Palestinians," while stores in Halhul were closed in mourning for al-Baw’s death upon request of the Fatah movement in Hebron.
The funeral of Hassan Jihad al-Baw, 23, shot by Israeli forces.

The funeral of Hassan Jihad al-Baw, 23, shot by Israeli forces.
Clashes erupted after the funeral when Palestinian youths threw stones at an Israeli military checkpoint located at the southern entrance of Halhul, locals said.

Israeli forces opened fire, injuring five demonstrators with live fire, Ramzi abu Yousif, the head of a health committee at the Halhul Medical Center told Ma'an.

Yousif added that the injured were transferred to a hospital in Hebron for medical treatment, where one was undergoing surgery after being shot in the pelvis.

The other four injured were in stable condition, Yousif said.

Meanwhile in the Ramallah-area town of Budrus, mourners buried Lafi Yusif Awad, 22.

Awad was shot and killed by Israeli forces during clashes in the town Friday after the Israeli army said he attempted to grab a soldier's weapon.

The funeral set off from the Ramallah Governmental Hospital and headed towards Budrus, around 30 kilometers away.

Awad’s body was carried on the shoulders of relatives to his home and then to the village’s cemetery.

Six Palestinians were injured by rubber-coated steel bullets when clashes erupted following the funeral. Dozens of Budrus residents fled to the Israeli separation wall, destroying a section of the concrete barrier that cuts across private land of residents, locals told Ma'an.

Israeli forces opened fire on residents while youths threw rocks and empty bottles, locals added.
The funeral of Lafi Youssef Awad, 21, shot by Israeli forces. (MaanImages)

The funeral of Lafi Youssef Awad, 21, shot by Israeli forces. (MaanImages)

The funeral of Lafi Youssef Awad, 21, shot by Israeli forces. (MaanImages)
Al-Baw and Awad were two of three Palestinians to die on Friday after being shot by Israeli military forces during clashes.

Earlier on Friday Issa Shalaldah, 22, succumbed to injuries after being shot by Israeli forces during clashes that broke out in the village of Sair following the funeral of Abdullah Shalaldah, 28, who was killed by undercover while visiting his cousin in a hospital.

The town of Halhul where al-Baw was killed has been site to heightened tensions over the past two weeks.

Last week Tharwat al-Sharawi, 72, was shot dead after Israeli forces said she attempted to run over soldiers in a Halhul gas station.

Days after, an Israeli border policeman died from injuries sustained after being hit by a car at the Halhul junction on Nov. 4. The Palestinian driver, Ibrahim Skafi, 22, was shot dead at the scene of the attack.

The deaths are part of an increase in violence that initially escalated in October between Israeli military forces, settlers and Palestinians across the occupied Palestinian territory and has continued on into this month.
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