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Thousands attend joint funeral of 2 Palestinian attackers

Feb. 23, 2016 8:21 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 24, 2016 11:03 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Thousands of Palestinians on Tuesday attended the funeral of two young men who were shot dead by Israeli forces in Jerusalem last week after they attempted to carry out an armed attack.

The funeral procession for Omar Muhammad Amro and Mansour Yasir al-Shawarma, both 20, set out from the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah for their hometown of al-Qubieba north of Jerusalem, where they were buried in the village cemetery.

After the joint funeral, clashes broke out between local youths and Israeli forces, who reportedly fired live and rubber-coated steel rounds.

The two bodies were released to their families on Monday, eight days after the young men were shot dead while attempting to carry out an armed attack on Israeli police forces at Damascus Gate outside Jerusalem's Old City.

More than 170 Palestinians have now been killed by Israeli forces and settlers since October. Israel says the majority were shot dead while attempting to carry out attacks, although international rights groups have disputed Israel's version of events in several cases.

The attacks that have taken place -- mostly by Palestinian individuals armed only with knives -- have killed nearly 30 Israelis.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said last month it was "human nature" for Palestinians to react violently to Israel's nearly 50-year military occupation, as he urged a change in Israeli policy in the occupied Palestinian territory.

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