Clashes erupt as thousands mourn death of 3 Palestinians shot by Israeli forces

Published November 27th, 2013 - 12:57 GMT
Mourners carry the bodies of Palestinian militants Khaled al-Najjar  and Mussa Fanasheh during their funeral procession on November 27, 2013 in the West Bank village of Yatta, near Hebron. [AFP/Hazem Bader]
Mourners carry the bodies of Palestinian militants Khaled al-Najjar and Mussa Fanasheh during their funeral procession on November 27, 2013 in the West Bank village of Yatta, near Hebron. [AFP/Hazem Bader]

Clashes broke out across the Hebron district on Wednesday as thousands of mourners gathered to take part in funeral processions for three Palestinians shot dead by Israeli forces a day earlier.

In Hebron's Old City, Israeli forces fired tear gas at a girls primary school, causing several children to faint.

A teacher at the al-Zahra school told Ma'an that Israeli forces fired tear gas directly onto school grounds, with Palestinian medics treating the young children at the scene.

In Hebron's Bab al-Zawiya neighborhood, clashes broke out between young Palestinian men and Israeli troops. 

Locals said young men hurled stones at Israeli soldiers stationed at the entrance to Shuhada Street. The soldiers responded by firing tear-gas canisters, injuring several people.

Shop owners closed their stores as clashes intensified.

In Beit Ummar, witnesses told Ma'an that young men clashed with Israeli forces in the area. Several protesters suffered from tear-gas inhalation.

Muhammad Awad, spokesman of Beit Ummar's local committee against settlements and the separation wall, was hurt by a tear-gas canister which hit him directly in the chest. 

He was evacuated to a medical complex in the town for treatment. Medics said he was in moderate condition.


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