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Israeli police, Palestinians clash in Jerusalem as Arab teen’s funeral held

Published time: July 04, 2014 13:37
Edited time: July 04, 2014 14:54
A Palestinian throws a stone during clashes with Israeli police after prayers on the first Friday of the holy month of Ramadan in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Wadi al-Joz July 4, 2014. (Reuters/Baz Ratner)

A Palestinian throws a stone during clashes with Israeli police after prayers on the first Friday of the holy month of Ramadan in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Wadi al-Joz July 4, 2014. (Reuters/Baz Ratner)

​Israeli police and Palestinian protesters are clashing in Jerusalem where thousands of mourners gathered for the funeral of an Arab teenager who, Palestinians believe, was killed by Israeli extremists in a revenge attack.

Police used teargas and stun grenades against hundreds of Palestinians outraged over the murder, who pelted rocks at law enforcement officers.

On Friday, Israeli officials handed over the body of the murdered boy to his family after Muslim prayers. Partially wrapped in a traditional headscarf, the body – said to be badly burnt – was carried by mourners aloft on a stretcher through East Jerusalem, The Associated Press reports.

Arab teen kidnapped and killed in Jerusalem in suspected revenge attack

Thousands of mourners gather for the funeral of Mohammed Abu Khder, 16, carry his body to the mosque during his funerals in Shuafat, in israeli annexed East Jerusalem on July 4, 2014. (AFP Photo)

Thousands of people flooded the streets for the funeral waving Palestinian flags to greet the body of 17-year-old Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir. He was laid to rest near his home in the Shuafat district later in the day.

With our souls and our blood we will redeem you, martyr,” chanted hundreds of mourners, Reuters reported.

The teenager’s family believes that he was murdered by far-right Israelis in revenge for the abduction and killing of three young Israelis in June. Abu Khdeir was kidnapped hours after the teens' televised funerals on Tuesday. His body was found in a forest on Wednesday.

The youth’s killing infuriated Palestinians and sparked protests resulting in scuffles with police on Wednesday and Thursday.

In a move to prevent possible trouble during the funeral, Israeli police tightened security in and around Jerusalem, particularly since the event coincides with the first Friday prayer services of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Clashes also erupted Friday in Ramallah, in the Palestinian West Bank, where protesters threw stones and firebombs at IDF troops. Eight Palestinians were injured in the confrontation: one by live fire, five by non-lethal fire and two others inhaled tear gas, Haaretz reported.

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