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Thousands attend funeral of Palestinian killed after alleged car-ramming attack

May 4, 2016 4:36 P.M. (Updated: May 5, 2016 2:12 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Thousands of Palestinians on Wednesday congregated at the funeral of 36-year-old Riyad Shehada, who was killed by Israeli soldiers on Tuesday following an alleged car-ramming attack.

Shehada, a resident of the Qalandiya refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, was shot and killed at the entrance of Beitunia village in the Ramallah district after Israeli authorities claimed he purposefully ran over and injured three Israeli soldiers.

The funeral procession took off from the Ramallah governmental hospital to Shehada’s family’s house in Beitunia. Following final farewells, his body was taken to a mosque in Qalandiya refugee camp for funeral prayers.

Residents of the camp, carrying his body on their shoulders, transported him to the al-Shuhada (Martyrs) Cemetery to put him to rest.

Shehada’s brother Abu Malek denounced Israeli soldiers’ “execution” of his brother, saying that the soldiers could have detained him instead of killing him.

Malek added that his brother worked in aluminum manufacturing and was on his way home after helping his aunt with repairs in her home in a village west of Ramallah when he was shot dead by Israeli soldiers.

Shehada is survived by a wife and five children.

More than 200 Palestinians and nearly 30 Israelis have been killed since a wave of violence erupted across the occupied territory in October, characterized by a number of small-scale Palestinian attacks and alleged attacks against mainly Israeli military targets.

Israel has repeatedly been accused by rights groups, international leaders, and Palestinian officials of enacting a policy of "extrajudicial executions" against Palestinians.

In March, Israeli military forces were the target of severe condemnation after a video was released by B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights organization, of an Israeli soldier shooting a Palestinian point-blank in the head as he lay dying on the ground, as Israeli forces and medics around them failed to react.

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