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Hundreds attend funeral of Nablus youth after Israel returns body

Dec. 22, 2015 8:25 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 23, 2015 3:09 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Hundreds of Palestinians attended the funeral of 19-year-old Maram Hassouneh in Nablus on Tuesday, shortly after her body was released by Israeli authorities 22 days after an Israeli soldier she allegedly attempted to stab shot her dead.

The young woman's body was carried from Huwwara military checkpoint in southern Nablus to Rafidiya Hospital where it was prepared for burial.

Hundreds of Palestinians then carried the body to her family home in western Nablus, before heading to the Rafidiya cemetery where Hassouneh was laid to rest.

Mourners waved Palestinian flags, as well as Fatah flags, while chanting national slogans and condemning Israeli crimes against Palestinians.

Hassouneh's mother, Hanan, told Ma'an that she was relieved her daughter had been buried by her friends and family, and she called on Israel to release all other bodies of Palestinians they are continuing to hold.

Maram Hassouneh was shot dead by an Israeli soldier on Dec. 1 after she allegedly attempted to stab him at a checkpoint near the illegal settlement of Enav east of Tulkarem.

She had previously spent a year in an Israeli prison after she was charged with attempting to stab an Israeli soldier at the same checkpoint near Enav settlement two years ago.

More than 120 Palestinians have been killed by Israelis since the beginning of October. While Israel alleged 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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