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Thousands attend military funeral of PA officer behind West Bank shooting

Feb. 1, 2016 5:19 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 2, 2016 11:57 A.M.)
NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Thousands of Palestinian on Monday took part in the military funeral procession of Palestinian Authority police officer Amjad Sukkari, who was shot dead the day before when he shot and wounded three Israeli soldiers west of Ramallah.

Mourners marched from Rafidia hospital to Shuhada Square in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, chanting national slogans applauding Palestinian "martyrs." They reportedly waved Palestinian flags as well as photos and posters of Sukkari.

Sukkari's body was then taken to his home village of Jammaain south of Nablus, where he was buried in the village cemetery following funeral prayers.

Nablus Governor Akram Rajoub was present at the funeral along with officials from the PA and PLO. Representatives of Palestinian factions delivered speeches at the cemetery during the burial.

The PA has not officially commented on Sukkari's actions, although Hamas and Islamic Jihad officials have hailed his attack as a "rejection" of the PA's ongoing security coordination with Israel.

Sukkari, a PA staff sergeant in Nablus, was shot dead after he shot and wounded three Israeli soldiers at an Israeli military checkpoint near the illegal Israeli settlement of Beit El outside Ramallah.

Witnesses told Ma'an that Sukkari opened fire on the soldiers when his car was stopped at the checkpoint.

Of the three injured, two were in critical condition, while one was mildly injured, Israeli emergency services said.

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