Palestinians bury teen shot dead by Israeli forces in occupied West Bank
Hundreds of mourners gathered on Friday for the funeral of a Palestinian teenager killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank earlier that day.
In a statement, the Palestinian health ministry said 18-year-old Mahmoud Abu Saan was "killed this morning by live bullets from the occupation (Israel) in Tulkarm".
Abu Saan's head was shrouded in the Palestinian flag as his body was paraded through the town's streets ahead of the burial, according to an AFP photographer.
صورة الشهيد محمود أبو سعن (18 سنة) الذي ارتقى في طولكرم الليلة بعد أسبوعين من نجاحه في الثانوية العامة، وهو الشهيد 213 في فلسطين منذ بداية العام الحالي🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸💔💔💔. pic.twitter.com/5iC4OCFbUh— محمددلول(ابودلول ) (@xmbwsNI9F6r2Qs8) August 4, 2023
Translate: A picture of the martyr Mahmoud Abu Saan (18 years old), who passed away in Tulkarm tonight, two weeks after he passed high school, and he is the 213th martyr in Palestine since the beginning of this year.
🟨💥 "يا جميل العموري، جبنالك وردة جوري".. هتافات خلال تشييع جثمان الشهيد محمود أبو سعن الذي ارتقى برصاص الاحتلال في مخيم طولكرم pic.twitter.com/VJGsa9b3OO— محمد (@_G4Z4) August 4, 2023
The Israeli army said that while forces were patrolling "suspects fired and hurled explosives and stones at the soldiers, who responded with live fire".
"Hits were identified," the statement added, specifying that no soldiers were hurt.
The official Palestinian news agency, Wafa, reported that Abu Saan was "shot in the head by the occupation soldiers at zero distance".
Israel has occupied the West Bank since the 1967 Six-Day War and its forces regularly conduct armed incursions into areas of the territory which are nominally under the control of the Palestinian Authority.
Friday's killing comes three days after a Palestinian gunman wounded six people at an Israeli settlement in the West Bank with gunfire before being shot dead.
More than 200 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and settlers since the start of this year. Retaliatory attacks have also left 27 Israelis dead.