Palestinians Mass for Funeral of Hamas Man Reportedly Killed by Palestinian Police
Thousands of people gathered Friday outside a mosque in Gaza for the funeral of a Hamas member who died a day earlier after being fatally wounded by Palestinian police in clashes the previous night, reported AFP.
Ahmed Akram Silmi, 22, was shot in the back Wednesday night when he and around 2,000 supporters of the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, formed a human shield around the Gaza City home of their spiritual leader to prevent Palestinian police from placing Sheikh Ahmed Yassin under house arrest.
Mourners were massed outside Gaza City's Al Omari mosque, where Silmi's body had been brought earlier in the day, wrapped in the green flag of the Islamic movement.
Prayers were due to be recited at the mosque before the burial take places after midday.
"We will tell everyone, near and far, what Hamas is all about," a member of the movement told the crowd through a loudspeaker.
A masked Hamas militant vowed that Silmi's death will be avenged.
According to Haaretz daily on Thursday, the Palestinian police had denied it shot Silmi, and previous reports said that guns were only fired in the air as a warning – Albawaba.com
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