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Thousands join funeral of slain Palestinian in Ramallah-area village

Dec. 5, 2015 5:36 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 6, 2015 2:24 A.M.)
Palestinian mourners carry the body of Hadeel al-Hashlamon,18, during her funeral in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron on Sept. 23, 2015. (AFP/Hazem Bader, File)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Thousands of Palestinians attended the funeral of 26-year-old Abed al-Rahman Barghouthi on Friday, a day after he was shot dead by Israeli forces outside the village of Abud northwest of Ramallah.

An official military procession, led by officers of the Palestinian National Forces, carried Barghouthi's body from the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah to Abud, where he was laid to rest in the village ceremony following funeral prayers in the local mosque.

Barghouthi's body was wrapped in a Palestinian flag and carried on mourners' shoulders, a Ma'an reporter said.

Israel alleges that Barghouthi was attempting to attack an Israeli soldier when he was shot, but witnesses and relatives have insisted he was shot dead "in cold blood," and did not pose any threat at the time.

"The Israeli occupation forces executed my nephew in cold blood after they stopped him at a checkpoint near the main entrance to the village," Barghouthi’s uncle, Husni, told Ma'an during the funeral procession.

He said that Israeli soldiers had asked Abed al-Rahman to show them his identity card, and afterward fired six rounds at his neck and head. Husni said the soldiers "planted a knife near the body of his nephew after they shot him dead so as to justify their crime."

Following the funeral, clashes quickly erupted between local youths and Israeli forces stationed near the main entrance to Abud, which was sealed with mounds of earth on Friday evening after Barghouthi was shot dead.

Barghouthi was reportedly a US citizen who had recently arrived in the occupied West Bank for his marriage.

Village residents told Ma'an on Friday that he was walking home from his fiance's house when he was killed.

At least 111 Palestinians have been killed by Israelis since the beginning of October. While Israel alleges many of those were attempting to attack Israelis when they were shot, Palestinians and rights groups have disputed Israel's version of events in a number of cases.

The attacks that have taken place -- claiming the lives of 19 Israelis -- have been accompanied by a wave of popular unrest that has swept the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel.
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