vrijdag 4 juli 2014
At least 20 wounded during clashes in Jerusalem around funeral
Gathering at the funeral tent near the house of the family Abu Khedeir. (Arab 49)
At least 20 Palestinians were reported injured on Friday in clashes following the funeral of Palestinian teenager Muhammad Abu Khdeir, medics said.
Thousands of Palestinians gathered early Friday to receive the body of the 16-year-old boy after a Red Crescent ambulance collected the body from Hadassah hospital.
Grieving Palestinian youths carried the teenager on their shoulders chanting "We have had enough!" as crowds waved Palestinian flags and shouted slogans demanding freedom.
Crowds chanted "Allah Akbar!" and "We sacrifice our blood for you!" as Muhammad's body was taken for burial.
Clashes broke out following the funeral procession, with Palestinian youths throwing rocks at Israeli forces, who responded with riot dispersal means. Earlier, clashes were reported in the Old City of Jerusalem and Ras al-Amud, as young Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces. Israeli police said "thousands" of officers were on the streets across East Jerusalem ahead of the teenager's funeral in the Shufat neighborhood, which coincided with the first Friday prayers of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
In a number of Arab towns in Israel demonstrations were held on Friday against Israeli agression and the way the murder of Muahmmad Abu Khdeir was handled. (Arab 48)