A Palestinian man was shot and killed by Israeli forces on Friday at the funeral for his cousin in the town of Beit Ummar near Hebron.
Ziyad Awad, 27, was killed by Israeli forces and thirteen others injured when soldiers opened fire on mourners at the funeral of Jaafar Awad, 22, who died at 2:45 a.m. Friday morning from health complications that rapidly deteriorated while being held in Israeli prison.
Medical sources told Ma'an that Jaafar had succumbed to the illness at the al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron.
Three Palestinians were injured with live fire while 10 others were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets. Dozens of other funeral attendees suffered from excessive tear-gas inhalation.
Awad's funeral was held after Friday prayers, and was followed by tense clashes between Palestinian youth and Israeli forces. Soldiers are permanently stationed at a checkpoint to the town, which is located near the main Bethlehem-Hebron road.
An Israeli military spokeswoman told Ma'an that a "violent riot" had broken out in Beit Ummar in which locals "hurled rocks and molotov cocktails" and "rolled burning tires" at Israeli soldiers.
"Feeling an immediate threat, soldiers used riot dispersal means" against the crowd, but "the rioters refused to halt."
As a result, soldiers "fired at instigators at their lower extremities with .22 caliber bullets." She said that four "hits" were confirmed. more