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Palestinians hold funeral for Hebron man shot in the head and killed during Israeli raid

June 29, 2017 4:05 P.M. (Updated: June 30, 2017 4:00 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma’an) -- Amid a tense atmosphere of anger, Palestinians laid to rest 23-year-old Iyad Munir Arafat Ghaith on Thursday, hours after the young Palestinian man was shot in the head and killed by Israeli forces during a night raid in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

According to an Israeli army spokesperson, undercover Israeli forces encountered Ghaith on Wednesday night while they were carrying out a raid searching for weapons in Hebron.

Israeli forces said that Ghaith shot towards the soldiers, who fired back, killing him. The spokesperson told Ma’an on Wednesday that no Israelis were harmed during the incident.

Meanwhile, the head of Palestinian public prosecution, Ashraf Meshaal, said that an autopsy showed that Ghaith was shot in the head twice at short range, fracturing his skull and causing his immediate death.

The funeral march began from the Hebron governmental hospital, where doctors carried out Ghaith’s autopsy, towards his family home in southern Hebron city, where his relatives bid their final farewells.

Ghaith’s body was then taken to a local mosque for a funeral prayer, before being buried in the al-Shuhada cemetery.

Mourners denounced Ghaith’s killing, and urged Palestinian leadership to act in response to continued Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people.

According to Ma’an documentation, Ghaith is the 35th Palestinian to have been killed by an Israeli in 2017, three quarters of whom were 25 years old or younger.

Eight Israelis have been killed by Palestinians during the same time frame.

Israeli forces have been routinely criticized for their excessive use of force and for what rights groups have termed a "shoot-to-kill" policy against Palestinians who did not constitute a threat at the time of their death, or who could have been subdued in a non-lethal manner -- amid a backdrop of impunity for Israelis who committed the killings.
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