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5 wounded as Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli troops (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Published time: December 13, 2012 19:19
Edited time: December 13, 2012 23:19

Palestinian mourners shout slogans and wave green Islamic flags as they carry the body of Mohamed Ziad Salayma during his funeral procession on December 13, 2012, after he was killed the previous day by Israeli forces near his home in the old city of the West Bank town of Hebron. (AFP Photo/Hazem Bader)

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Five Palestinians have been injured after clashes with Israeli troops as thousands of Palestinian protestors marched through Hebron in the West Bank Thursday, during a funeral being held for a teenager who was killed by Israeli troops Wednesday.

­Palestinians at the funeral waved green Hamas flags and chanted anti-Israeli slogans. There were clashes between youths and soldiers throughout the day, with the Palestinians throwing bottles and stones and the Israelis responding with tear gas and rubber bullets.

5 Palestinians have been hospitalized, according to the Ma’an news agency.

Wednesday’s shooting of 17-year-old Mahammed Ziad Awad Salaymah has raised tensions in Hebron, which had calmed slightly following President Mahmoud Abbas’ successful bid at the UN, which resulted in Palestine being given non-member observer status.

The shooting occurred near a holy site known to Jews as the Cave of the Patriarchs and to Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque, which has added tension to an already volatile situation.

As a result, clashes erupted on Wednesday between the Palestinians and the Israelis."They have orders to shoot with live bullets now," a resident of Hebron told Al Jazeera.

On Thursday tensions in Hebron remained high. Up to 5 thousand people joined Thursday’s funeral procession vowing revenge and praising God, “Our blood will redeem the martyr,” they chanted.

Palestinian protestors take cover behind a barricade as they throw stones at Israeli soldiers during clashes following the funeral of Mohamed Ziad Salayma on December 13, 2012, after he was killed the previous day by Israeli forces near his home in the old city of the West Bank town of Hebron. (AFP Photo/Hazem Bader)
Palestinian protestors take cover behind a barricade as they throw stones at Israeli soldiers during clashes following the funeral of Mohamed Ziad Salayma on December 13, 2012, after he was killed the previous day by Israeli forces near his home in the old city of the West Bank town of Hebron. (AFP Photo/Hazem Bader)

Israel’s paramilitary border police force say they shot Salaymah after they thought he brandished a gun at them but that they later they realized it was fake.

“[Salaymah] pulled a fake pistol. They [troops at the scene] thought it was real,” said Micky Rosenfeld, a spokesman for the Israeli police.

But relatives of the boy say he was unarmed and that he was hard of hearing and didn’t catch the soldiers telling him to halt. Although later they said his hearing was fine.

A Palestinian protestor throws stones at Israeli soldiers during clashes following the funeral of Mohamed Ziad Salayma on December 13, 2012, after he was killed the previous day by Israeli forces near his home in the old city of the West Bank town of Hebron. (AFP Photo/Hazem Bader)
A Palestinian protestor throws stones at Israeli soldiers during clashes following the funeral of Mohamed Ziad Salayma on December 13, 2012, after he was killed the previous day by Israeli forces near his home in the old city of the West Bank town of Hebron. (AFP Photo/Hazem Bader)

Salaymah’s family is known to openly support Hamas, his brother was released last year in an Israel prisoner swap, where he was exchanged for an Israeli soldier, Gildd Shalit, who had been held in Gaza for 5 years.

This latest incident follows violence in Hebron 5 days ago.

The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) used stun grenades and tear gas to disperse over 250 angry Palestinians after an Israeli patrol was dragged into a brawl with Palestinian Authority forces.

These latest tensions come just a few weeks after the Israeli aerial attack on Gaza, which left scores of Palestinians dead.

Palestinian youths throw stones towards Israeli soldiers during clashes in the West Bank city of Hebron December 13, 2012. (Reuters/Ammar Awad)
Palestinian youths throw stones towards Israeli soldiers during clashes in the West Bank city of Hebron December 13, 2012. (Reuters/Ammar Awad)
An Israeli solider throws a tear gas canister towards Palestinian protestors throwing stones during clashes following the funeral of Mohamed Ziad Salayma on December 13, 2012, after he was killed the previous day by Israeli forces near his home in the old city of the West Bank town of Hebron. (AFP Photo/Hazem Bader)
An Israeli solider throws a tear gas canister towards Palestinian protestors throwing stones during clashes following the funeral of Mohamed Ziad Salayma on December 13, 2012, after he was killed the previous day by Israeli forces near his home in the old city of the West Bank town of Hebron. (AFP Photo/Hazem Bader)
A stone-throwing Palestinian gestures in front of Israeli soldiers (not in picture) during clashes in the West Bank city of Hebron December 13, 2012. (Reuters/Ammar Awad)
A stone-throwing Palestinian gestures in front of Israeli soldiers (not in picture) during clashes in the West Bank city of Hebron December 13, 2012. (Reuters/Ammar Awad)
Israeli soldiers take position during clashes with stone-throwing Palestinians in the West Bank city of Hebron December 13, 2012. (Reuters/Ammar Awad)
Israeli soldiers take position during clashes with stone-throwing Palestinians in the West Bank city of Hebron December 13, 2012. (Reuters/Ammar Awad)