Thousands attend funeral of Palestinian involved in soldier stabbing

Published April 27th, 2015 - 06:00 GMT

Thousands of Palestinians attended the funeral of Mahmoud Abu Jheisha on Sunday, after the 20-year-old was shot dead by Israeli forces outside the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron when he allegedly stabbed an Israeli soldier.

The funeral procession began at the Amari Mosque in Abu Jheisha's hometown of Idhna, west of Hebron, where family and friends paid their final respects, before he was taken to be buried in the town cemetery. 

Participants reportedly chanted slogans condemning Israeli crimes and calling for an end to Israeli practices as part of the occupation.

Abu Jheisha was shot dead by Israeli forces after allegedly stabbing an Israeli soldier at the Ibrahimi Mosque in the southern West Bank city of Hebron. 

Witnesses told Ma'an that he stabbed the soldiers a number of times before Israeli forces shot him dead.

The Israeli soldier, who was moved to a Jerusalem hospital, received stab wounds in his head and chest, and his condition was described as moderate. 

Speaking at the funeral, Abu Jheisha's father Yahya denied that his son had stabbed the soldier, saying that his son had left home on Saturday to pray in the Ibrahimi Mosque. 

He added that his family had been shocked to see photos of their son published in the media, and he called on the Palestinian authorities to bring his son's death to the International Criminal Court.

Abu Jheisha was not carrying personal documents at the time of his death, and he was only identified late last night, after early reports mistakenly identified him as Assad al-Salayma.

AFP reported that Israeli soldiers had been preventing Palestinians from accessing the mosque when the incident took place.


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