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Israeli forces wound 8 at funeral of 53-year-old killed in Hebron

July 23, 2015 5:48 P.M. (Updated: July 27, 2015 12:20 P.M.)
Mourners carry the body of Palestinian Falah Abu Maria, 53, who was shot dead by Israeli forces during an arrest raid Thursday morning. (MaanImages/Mohammad Ayyad Awad)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces injured eight Palestinians in the occupied West Bank town of Beit Ummar Thursday as clashes erupted after the funeral of Falah Abu Maria, who was shot dead in his home at dawn during an Israeli arrest raid, witnesses said.

Spokesman for a popular committee in the Hebron-area town, Mohammad Ayyad Awad, said that Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas at funeral attendees.

The mourners received light to medium injuries, and three were transferred to hospitals in Hebron for treatment, he said.

One of the ambulances on site was hit by rubber-coated steel bullets fired by Israeli forces as it left the scene, shattering the rear window, Awad added.

Israeli forces had reportedly closed the entrances leading into Beit Ummar during the funeral procession, which was attended by hundreds of town residents.

Participants chanted slogans condemning the killing of Abu Maria by Israeli forces and demanding a response to the "crimes of the occupation against the Palestinian people."

An Israeli army spokesperson had no immediate information but told Ma'an she would look into the incident.

Abu Maria was reportedly shot twice in the chest by Israeli forces after attempting to assist his son Mohammad, 22, who had been shot by the forces as they raided the family's home early Thursday morning, according to witnesses.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an that the forces were conducting an overnight operation in Beit Ummar Thursday.

The spokesperson said that Israeli forces were "attacked by a violent mob" when they attempted to arrest Mohammad, who was allegedly wanted on suspicion of security offences, adding that one Israeli soldier was injured with by a rock.

Israeli forces responded with live fire aimed at "lower extremities," injuring one man, the spokesperson said.

The spokeswoman could not confirm his identity but acknowledged that the wanted suspect was not taken into custody.

The spokesperson added that when Israeli forces were leaving the home of the first incident they were "attacked" again, and again opened fire, killing one man.

Palestinian leadership across factional lines condemned the latest string of killings by Israeli forces of Palestinian civilians in the occupied West Bank hours after Abu Maria's death.

Abu Maria is the 17th Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces this year, three of whom have been killed since the beginning of this month.

Beit Ummar, Hebron on July 23, 2015. (MaanImages/Mohammad Ayyad Awad)

Beit Ummar, Hebron on July 23, 2015. (MaanImages/Mohammad Ayyad Awad)

Beit Ummar, Hebron on July 23, 2015. (MaanImages/Mohammad Ayyad Awad)
carlos / usa
israel murders! That is why American Jewry is turning away from supporting israel. They did not realize what a disgusting government and racist attitude many have. I am so very proud not to be an israeli. I am very proud to support Palestinians vocally.
23/07/2015 19:34
Outlier / USA
Poor headline writing. The clashes should be noted right at the top.
23/07/2015 20:10
Fighting Fire / With Fire
-1- If Beit Ummar clashes hadn't erupted after the funeral
Then no one would have been injured after the funeral, but
-2- Palestinians act as if murder and terrorism are their rights,
so Jews are forced to use force to keep the peace !!
23/07/2015 20:42
Mark of Lewiston / USA
Kill people, then attack the funeral. Seems like the IDF is the least moral army on the planet. Like raiding refugee camps so they can shoot people who don't like raids in the early morning, and family members who try to treat wounded family members
23/07/2015 22:00
Israel must be held accountable for murdering people....Nobody is safe as long Zionism exists.
23/07/2015 22:40
no name / us
absolutely no sense of human decency or honor
26/07/2015 05:52
Brian Cohen / Israel
@Fighting Fire with Fire
Don't make this a conflict about Jews when it's not. Israelis are the perpetrators here. It's not about Jews, most of whom are NOT Israelis. They don't have a right to enter someone's home and violently attack it's inhabitants at whim. THAT is a crime.
26/07/2015 09:31
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