Clashes erupted Thursday between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians attending the funeral of a young Palestinian killed the day before near Hebron in the occupied West Bank.
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According to Palestinian authorities, 12-year-old Mohamad al-Alami was fatally injured by Israeli army gunfire on Wednesday while in a car with his father in the northwestern town of Beit Ommar. 'Hebron in the West Bank.
Thursday a procession accompanied the remains of the young boy, draped in the flag of Fatah, party of the president of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas, and the head covered with a keffiyeh revealing his face, in the streets of Beit Ommar where he has been buried.
Hundreds of Palestinians then threw stones at Israeli soldiers who responded by throwing tear gas canisters, according to an AFP journalist.
Israeli soldiers were targeting a vehicle
In a statement, the IDF said on Wednesday that soldiers noticed a few men getting out of a vehicle and digging in the ground near the Beit Ommar checkpoint before leaving.
Examining the scene, they found two bags, one of which contained the body of a newborn baby, the army said.
The soldiers later sighted the vehicle again and attempted to apprehend it using standard procedures, including shouting and firing warning shots in the air. "
The vehicle did not stop, one of the soldiers fired in the direction of the wheels of the vehicle to stop it,
" said the army, which said it was examining the allegation that a Palestinian minor was killed. “
The incident is being reviewed by senior commanders. In addition, the military police opened an investigation into the circumstances of the event,
”continues the army.
A 41-year-old Palestinian was killed Tuesday evening by Israeli gunfire in the West Bank, the scene of clashes between protesters against Israeli settlement and Jewish state forces in recent weeks, according to Palestinian officials.
On Saturday, a 17-year-old Palestinian teenager, injured the day before in clashes with Israeli soldiers during a demonstration, died of his injuries in hospital.
The West Bank is a Palestinian territory occupied since 1967 by Israel and all Israeli settlements there are considered illegal under international law.