Angry crowd takes part in funeral of Palestinian youth shot dead by Israeli forces
Hebron – Hundreds of Palestinian mourners participated on Wednesday in funeral procession of Ammar Abu Afifa who was shot dead yesterday by Israeli forces’ live bullets at the entrance of the Beit Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem.
At around 5 p.m, 19-year-old Ammar Abu Afifa, a university student from Al-Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, was shot dead by Israeli occupation forces’ live bullets at the entrance of the Beit Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem.
Abu Afifa was shot in the head, and his body was confiscated by the Israeli soldiers after shooting him and leaving him bleeding to death.
The occupation authorities, today, handed over Abu Afifa’s body and hundreds of Palestinian mourners took part in his funeral procession in the Al-Arroub refugee camp.
Abu Afifa is the third Palestinian youth to be shot and killed, today, by Israeli occupation forces in the occupied West Bank.
The two Palestinians, Abdullah al-Husari and Shadi Najim, were both shot and killed by Israeli forces’ live bullets during a military raid in Jenin refugee camp in Jenin city, north of the occupied West Bank, on Monday night.
Israeli forces have killed thousands of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories over the years, and several international human rights groups say Israeli forces have used excessive force in attacking and subduing Palestinians.
“This policy [opening fire] reflects deep disregard for Palestinian lives and property and enables the continued use of lethal force, crucial to enabling Israel to retain its violent control over millions of Palestinians,” said Israeli human rights group, B’Tselem.
B’Tselem said it had recorded 77 Palestinian deaths at the hands of Israeli forces in the West Bank last year. More than half of those killed were not implicated in any attacks, it noted.
Earlier in February, Amnesty International said in a new report that ‘Israel’ was carrying out “the crime of apartheid against Palestinians” and must be held accountable for treating them as “an inferior racial group