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3 Palestinians killed in Al-Aqsa clashes in Jerusalem, West Bank

July 21, 2017 3:00 P.M. (Updated: July 24, 2017 6:57 P.M.)
From left: Muhammad Sharaf, Muhammad Khalaf, and Muhammad Abu Ghannam
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Three Palestinians were reportedly shot and killed during clashes in occupied East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank on Friday, amid large-scale clashes across the occupied Palestinian territory over new Israeli security measures at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

The deaths comes amid a large-scale demonstration across East Jerusalem on Friday to denounce new Israeli security measures at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound following a deadly attack last week.

Israeli forces have violently suppressed the protest in East Jerusalem, as well as other solidarity marches in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip, as the Palestinian Red Crescent told Ma'an that at least 450 Palestinians had been injured in East Jerusalem and the West Bank on Friday.

According to Ma'an documentation, 49 Palestinians have been killed by Israelis in 2017, 14 of whom in the month of July alone.

Palestinian killed by Israeli settler in Ras al-Amoud

A Palestinian teenager was killed during clashes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amoud, medical sources told Ma'an, as witnesses said that the youth was shot by an Israeli settler.

A short time before the teen was killed, photos circulated on social media of at least one armed Israeli settler positioned on the rooftops of the Old City aiming at Palestinian demonstrators.

The scene where Muhammad Mahmoud Sharaf was reportedly shot.

The slain young man was identified as 18-year-old Muhammad Mahmoud Sharaf from the neighborhood of Silwan.

Witnesses said Sharaf was shot in the neck by an Israeli settler, and later succumbed to his wounds.

Very shortly after his death, mourners carried out Sharaf's funeral, out of fear that Israeli authorities might confiscate his body, as participants chanted slogans about the teenager and Al-Aqsa.
A photo of Mahmoud Sharaf.

Another Palestinian succumbs to wounds in Jerusalem hospital

Meanwhile, another Palestinian, identified by medical sources as Muhammad Abu Ghannam, succumbed to his wounds in al-Makassed hospital after being shot by Israeli police forces during clashes in the Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Tur.

Witnesses said that Israeli forces raided the hospital on Friday afternoon looking to detain Palestinians who were injured during the clashes.

A Ma'an reporter on the scene said that a funeral was also promptly held for Abu Ghannam, as Palestinians were filmed hauling his body over a wall surrounding the al-Makassed hospital to avoid Israeli forces confiscating it, as Israeli authorities commonly seize and withhold the remains of slain Palestinians and prevent their families from burying them to use the bodies as bargaining chips.

Palestinians hauling the body of Muhammad Abu Ghannam above the walls of a hospital to avoid Israeli forces.

Witnesses said that Israeli forces fired sound bombs in the cemetery of al-Tur during the funeral.

Locals told Ma'an that Abu Ghannam was a 20-year-old resident of al-Tur and a second-year student at Birzeit University.

Palestinian shot, killed in Abu Dis demonstration

Later on Friday afternoon, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said a Palestinian succumbed to his wounds in a hospital in Ramallah after having been shot in the chest by Israeli forces during a demonstration in the village of Abu Dis in the Jerusalem district of the West Bank.

The slain Palestinian was identified by local sources as 17-year-old Muhammad Khalaf Mahmoud Khalaf Lafi.

The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) issued a statement on Friday evening hailing Lafi as a “heroic martyr” who died “in support of Al-Aqsa and in rejection of the (Israeli) occupation’s coward and racist policies.”

DFLP added that Lafi and his family were affiliated with the leftist movement, adding that the young man had recently passed his end-of-high-school tawjihi exams, and had led the student committee in the Arabic Institute in Abu Dis.

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