Monday, 1 February 2016

Thousands attend military funeral of PA officer behind West Bank shooting


Thousands of Palestinian on Monday took part in the military funeral procession of Palestinian Authority police officer Amjad Sukkari, who was shot dead the day before when he shot and wounded three Israeli soldiers west of Ramallah.

Mourners marched from Rafidia hospital to Shuhada Square in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, chanting national slogans applauding Palestinian "martyrs." They reportedly waved Palestinian flags as well as photos and posters of Sukkari.

Sukkari's body was then taken to his home village of Jammaain south of Nablus, where he was buried in the village cemetery following funeral prayers.

Nablus Governor Akram Rajoub was present at the funeral along with officials from the PA and PLO. Representatives of Palestinian factions delivered speeches at the cemetery during the burial.

The PA has not officially commented on Sukkari's actions, although Hamas and Islamic Jihad officials have hailed his attack as a "rejection" of the PA's ongoing security coordination with Israel. more

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