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Palestinians say man shot dead in clashes during funeral for boy killed by IDF

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BEIT UMMAR, West Bank — A Palestinian man was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers on Thursday during a funeral for a 12-year-old boy shot by troops the day before, according to the Palestinian Authority Health Ministry.

Shawkat Khalil Awad, 20, had attended the funeral for 12-year-old Mohammad al-Alaama, a fellow resident of his hometown of Beit Ummar, near Hebron. Al-Alaama was apparently killed by an Israeli soldier on Wednesday night while in his father’s car at the entrance to the town.

Awad, 20, was shot in the head and stomach by live bullets amid clashes during the funeral, the Health Ministry said. He was the fourth Palestinian to die in confrontations with Israeli soldiers this week in the West Bank, and the third in Beit Ummar, according to Palestinian Authority figures.

During the funeral, clashes broke out between Palestinian mourners and Israeli soldiers nearby, with Palestinians throwing rocks at the Israelis. Soldiers responded with tear gas, rubber bullets, and Ruger bullets, considered to be a less-lethal form of live fire. They also fired live bullets in the air, the army said.

The clashes interrupted the burial midway, forcing mourners to leave al-Alaama’s body and only return later to give it an improvised, provisional burial, said al-Alaama’s great-uncle Habis, a former mayor of Beit Ummar.

The Israel Defense Forces did not respond to a request for comment on Awad’s death, although an army spokesperson had earlier stressed that a violent riot had taken place in the area.

استشهاد المواطن شوكت خالد عوض (٢٠ عاماً)، متأثراً بجروح التي أصيب بها برصاص الاحتلال في الرأس والبطن في بلدة بيت أمر بالخليل قبل قليل. pic.twitter.com/UFKX7FJcQl

— مش هيك........

© The Times of Israel

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