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Day of mourning declared in Hebron after teen killed by Israeli forces, former prisoner dies

Aug. 17, 2016 10:05 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 17, 2016 6:39 P.M.)
Palestinian mourners carry the body of Mahmud Shalaldeh, 18, who was shot by Israeli troops during clashes the previous day in Hebron, during his funeral on November 13, 2015 (AFP Photo/Hazem Bader)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- The Fatah movement in southern Hebron declared a day of mourning Wednesday after a 17-year-old Palestinian was killed by Israeli forces in the al-Fawwar refugee camp and a former prisoner died in the hospital on Tuesday.

Muhammad Abu Hashhash, 17, died Tuesday afternoon after succumbing to a live bullet wound to the heart. He was shot by Israeli forces during clashes earlier that day in al-Fawwar in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, when dozens of other Palestinian youth were injured, private homes were ransacked, and many residents were interrogated.

Also on Tuesday, 46-year-old Naim Shawamrah died in Hebron’s al-Ahli Hospital after a painful struggle with muscular dystrophy. He was a former Palestinian prisoner who served 19 years in Israeli custody.

Secretary of the Fatah movement in southern Hebron, Yasser Dudin, told Ma’an Tuesday evening that the movement declared a day of mourning and a comprehensive closure for all governmental and private institutions and stores in southern Hebron.

Meanwhile, the Hamas movement in Hebron joined Fatah to call upon Palestinians to take part in Shawamrah’s funeral in the city of Dura set to take place at noon prayers, while Abu Hashhash’s funeral is set to take place after noon prayers in al-Fawwar refugee camp.

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