Thousands Attend Funerals of Two Palestinians Slain in Clashes

At the funeral of Lafi Youssef Awad, 21, shot by Israeli forces. (Maan)

Thousands of Palestinians gathered in the Hebron and Ramallah districts of the occupied West Bank Saturday for separate funerals of Palestinians shot dead by Israeli forces during clashes.

Near Hebron, mourners carried the body of Hassan Jihad al-Baw, 23, whowas shot in the heart on Friday in the town of Halhul and killed immediately, medics told Ma’an at the time.

The 23-year-old was given a symbolic military funeral that departed from Hebron’s al-Ahli hospital. Palestinian security forces took part in the funeral as his body was carried to his family home in Halhul.

Al-Baw’s relatives bid him a final goodbye before he was taken to Nabi Younis Mosque and then to the al-Shuhada cemetery where he was buried.

Mourners demanded international protection and a response to “Israeli violations and executions against Palestinians,” while stores in Halhul were closed in mourning for al-Baw’s death upon request of the Fatah movement in Hebron.

Clashes erupted after the funeral when Palestinian youths threw stones at an Israeli military checkpoint located at the southern entrance of Halhul, locals said.

Israeli forces opened fire, injuring five demonstrators with live fire, Ramzi abu Yousif, the head of a health committee at the Halhul Medical Center told Ma’an.

Meanwhile in the Ramallah-area town of Budrus, mourners buried Lafi Yusif Awad, 22.

Awad was shot and killed by Israeli forces during clashes in the town Friday after the Israeli army said he attempted to grab a soldier’s weapon.

The funeral set off from the Ramallah Governmental Hospital and headed towards Budrus, around 30 kilometers away.

Awad’s body was carried on the shoulders of relatives to his home and then to the village’s cemetery.

Al-Baw and Awad were two of three Palestinians to die on Friday after being shot by Israeli military forces during clashes.

– Read more: Thousands Attend Funerals of Two Palestinians Slain in Clashes – Maan

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