Occupation Forces Attack Martyr’s Funeral in Jerusalem, Injure 71, Detain 50


The Israeli occupation army attacked, on Monday night, the funeral procession for Walid Al-Sharif in occupied Jerusalem, injuring 71 mourners and detaining 50, local sources reported.

Hundreds of mourners marched from the Al-Makessed Hospital to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City, where they held the funeral prayer, and then proceeded to Salah El-Din Street, to the cemetery where the slain young man was laid to rest.

Occupation forces fired rubber-coated steel rounds, tear gas canisters, concussion grenades and waste water at the hundreds of participants, in addition to assaulting many mourners.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) stated that its medics treated 71 injuries, 13 of whom were transferred to hospital for further medical intervention.

Meanwhile, a paramedic with the PRCS was injured, and one of its ambulances was shot with a rubber-coated steel round, which smashed a window, causing damage.

The Prisoners’ Information Office reported that 50 Palestinian young men were taken into custody by Israeli occupation forces.

Sources added that the soldiers also invaded the Mujahideen cemetery, where the young man was buried, and harassed and assaulted the mourners.

Al-Sharif, 23, was pronounced dead on Saturday after spending 3 weeks in a coma in critical condition from a serious head injury he suffered when Israeli police shot him in the head with a rubber-coated steel round on April 22.

Israeli police attacked Palestinian muslim worshipers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem on April 22, injuring 31 people including Al-Sharif who was critically injured.

Al-Sharif, a resident of Beit Hanina neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, was shot, and subsequently assaulted and detained by occupation police who deprived the seriously injured young man the necessary emergency medical treatment.

The young man suffered a life-threatening skull fracture with bleeding in the brain which ultimately led to his untimely death.

Attack on the funeral for Sherine Abu Aqleh [PCHR]

This disturbing incident is a repeat of the attack on the funeral for the slain Palestinian journalist Shirene Abu Aqleh, where 33 mourners were injured and 13 were detained.

Abu Aqleh, a veteran journalist and correspondent with Al-Jazeera was shot and killed by Israeli forces on May 11, near Jenin, in the northern occupied West Bank.

Source: Quds Press, Silwanic

Photo: Silwanic


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