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Halhul village holds funeral for Palestinian boy killed by Israeli forces

Feb. 6, 2016 6:16 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 7, 2016 1:01 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Thousands of Palestinians from the village of Halhul and its vicinity took part in the funeral of Haitham Ismail Muhammad al-Baw, 14, on Saturday, one day after he was killed by Israeli forces.

Haitham was killed by Israeli forces north of Halhul on Friday, after the Israeli army said he was trying to throw Molotov cocktails at passing vehicles while with his 12-year-old cousin, Wajdi Yusif al-Baw.

Israeli soldiers shot Haitham dead on the scene, then injured and detained his cousin.

A military funeral set off from the al-Ahli Hospital in the city of Hebron to al-Baw’s family house in Halhul north of Hebron. Haitham’s body was then carried to the Nabi Younis mosque before being buried in the martyrs’ cemetery.

Mourners denounced Israeli crimes against Palestinian children, women and elderly.

Hebron governor Kamil Hmeid, Fatah’s Central Committee member Abbas Zaki, Halhul mayor Wajdi Milhem and several other Palestinian officials took part in the funeral.

Hmeid said that Palestinians were holding on to their legitimate right to resistance until they obtained freedom and the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

Zaki said that national unity between the Fatah and Hamas movements was an urgent necessity given the difficult context.

Meanwhile, Milhem called upon the international community to take immediate action to stop Israeli violations of Palestinians rights.

Al-Baw is the latest Palestinian child to be killed by Israeli forces since a wave of violence first swept up the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem in October.

On Jan. 13.,13-year-old Ruqayya Eid Abu Eid was shot dead after she reportedly attempted to stab an Israeli security guard outside of an illegal West Bank settlement northeast of Jerusalem.

Palestinian leadership has charged Israel with implementing a policy of “extrajudicial execution” against many Palestinians killed in the recent wave of violence and has vowed to take the cases to the International Criminal Court.

Al-Baw is one of nearly 170 Palestinians to be killed by Israeli forces or settlers since October, many of whom were killed while carrying out alleged or confirmed individual attacks on Israeli military and settlers, while others died during clashes or unconfirmed circumstances.

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