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Funeral held in Ramallah for Palestinian youth injured by Israeli forces in 2007

Oct. 21, 2016 10:08 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 24, 2016 3:27 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A funeral was held on Thursday evening for 23-year-old Mahmoud Jamal Muhammad Jawda, who earlier in the day had succumbed to wounds sustained in 2007 after being shot with live fire by an Israeli helicopter in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.

According to Jawda’s father, the funeral set off from the Palestine Medical Center in Ramallah and made its way towards the town of Bir Nibala in the West Bank’s Jerusalem district where Jawda’s father currently resides, then continued to the Hamal Abd al-Nasser mosque in al-Bireh for funeral prayers before burial in the al-Bireh cemetery.

Jawda was treated at a medical center in occupied East Jerusalem since being shot multiple times by Israeli soldiers during a military raid nine years ago.

According to the father, Jawda’s spine was damaged after the shooting, most of his intestines were "shattered into small parts," his liver was severely damaged, and one of his lungs was torn apart. Jawda’s leg was also later amputated.

Jawda's mother and sisters were not issued permits by Israel to leave the besieged Gaza Strip to attend his funeral.

While Israeli army regulations only permit the use of live fire on Palestinians when Israeli soldiers are considered to be in imminent danger, they often open fire on Palestinians indiscriminately as a “crowd control” tactic during military raids.

Israeli police and soldiers have come under heavy criticism by rights groups for excessive use of force against Palestinians who did not pose an immediate threat or who could have been disarmed through non-violent means.

According to UN documentation, more than 3,000 Palestinians have been injured by Israeli forces so far in 2016.
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