Israeli troops fire toward Palestinian funeral, injuring four

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Sunday October 23, 2011 22:33 by Saed Bannoura – IMEMC News

A funeral procession in the Palestinian village of Dhaher al-Malih Saturday received a violent response from Israeli soldiers stationed at a gate in the Annexation Wall. Several soldiers fired toward the mourners, injuring four, including three sons of the deceased.

Village of Daher al-Maleh, with Annexation Wall running through (IMEMC archive image)
Village of Daher al-Maleh, with Annexation Wall running through (IMEMC archive image)

According to local sources, the funeral procession was heading from the town of Dhaher al-Malih, which is completely encircled by the Israeli Annexation Wall, to a cemetery in the village of Tura, requiring them to cross through two gates in the Annexation Wall.

Although the villagers had applied for and received permission from the Israeli authorities to pass through the gates on Saturday, when they arrived at the Annexation Wall, the soldiers present refused to allow them to pass as a group.

An Israeli army spokesperson told reporters from the Ma’an News Agency, “They approached the soldiers in a manner that made them nervous so in line with army protocol the soldiers fired in the air, lightly injuring two Palestinians, who did not need treatment.”

But eyewitnesses countered that the group was not at all threatening, and was simply a funeral procession bearing the body of Fathi al-Khatib for burial in his family’s cemetery – a cemetery which has been separated from the village by the Israeli Annexation Wall.

Also, eyewitnesses reported that four Palestinians were injured (not two, as the Israeli military claimed), and were treated by medics on the scene. The four injured were identified as Abdullah, Muhammad, and Mustapha al-Khatib (sons of the deceased), and Ahmad Qabha.

No soldiers have received disciplinary action for the attack, and no citations will be issued, as the Israeli military claims that the soldiers acted within military protocol.

Source and more at the International Middle East Media Center.



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