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Scores attend funeral in central West Bank of Palestinian killed by Israeli forces

May 1, 2017 12:56 P.M. (Updated: May 1, 2017 5:39 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- Scores of mourners attended the funeral of slain Palestinian Suhaib Mashahra, who was killed by Israeli forces almost two weeks earlier after he hit an Israeli bus with his car, on Sunday afternoon.

Mashahra was shot and killed at a junction near the illegal Israeli settlement of Gush Etzion in the southern occupied West Bank on April 19, after what Israeli forces claimed was a deliberate car-ramming.

However, Mashahra’s family said during the funeral that their 21-year-old son wasn’t attempting to carry out an attack, saying that he was on his way to visit his brother in Hebron.

Israeli authorities had released Mashahra’s body to the Palestinian Red Crescent on Friday for an autopsy and for preparations ahead of the funeral.

The funeral march set off from the center of the village of Abu Dis in the Jerusalem district of the West Bank, before heading to Mashahra’s family home in the village of al-Sheikh for a final farewell. Mashahra was buried in the cemetery of the village of al-Sawahira al-Sharqiya.

According to Ma'an documentation, Mashahra is the 19th Palestinian to have been killed by Israelis since the beginning of the year, 12 of whom were 25 years old or younger.

Israel has come under repeated criticism for using lethal force on Palestinians who posed no threat or could have been detained through nonlethal means, with the Palestinian leadership, rights groups, and the United Nations condemning Israeli forces of carrying out "extrajudicial executions."

Though Israeli forces have claimed that a number of Palestinians were carrying out attacks when they were killed, Palestinians and rights groups have disputed Israel's version of events in a number of cases.
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