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Palestinian slain by Israeli settler laid to rest in Hebron-area village

March 18, 2017 3:25 P.M. (Updated: March 18, 2017 6:44 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- A funeral procession was held Saturday afternoon in the town of al-Dhahiriya south of Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank for 24-year-old Saadi Mahmoud Ali Qaisiya, who was shot and killed by an Israeli settler on March 1.

Qaisiya’s body was transferred from Hebron city's al-Ahli hospital to his home, where mourners carried his body to a mosque in the village for funeral prayer before marching to the town’s cemetery where he was laid to rest.

Qaisiya was killed by an Israeli settler in an illegal settlement outpost in the South Hebron Hills after he allegedly committed a stabbing attack.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an at the time of Qaisiya’s death that an "attacker armed with a knife entered a house" and stabbed a settler, injuring him lightly.

The settler then shot towards Qaisiya, the spokesperson added, killing him.

The spokesperson said that they were not aware of whether the Israeli army was investigating the case.

Qaisiya was the 10th of 13 Palestinians to have been killed by Israelis -- the majority shot dead by Israeli forces -- since the beginning of 2017.
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