- Title: WEST BANK: Palestinians hold funeral for teenager killed by Israeli troops
- Date: 19th March 2014
- Summary: HEBRON, WEST BANK (MARCH 19, 2014) (REUTERS) HUNDREDS OF PALESTINIAN MARCHING AND CHANTING WHILE CARRYING BODY OF YOUSSEF SHAWAMRA WHO WAS SHOT DEAD BY ISRAELI SOLDIERS MEN CARRYING BODY OF SHAWAMRA ON STRETCHER WOMEN CRYING PEOPLE CARRYING PALESTINIAN FLAGS DURING FUNERAL PROCESSIONS MEN CHANTING WHILE CARRYING BODY WRAPPED IN PALESTINIAN FLAG WOMEN STANDING MORE OF WOMEN PEOPLE CARRYING BODY OF SHAWAMRA AND CHANTING MORE OF LARGE CROWD DURING FUNERAL WOMEN CRYING AND PUSHING MORE OF CROWD WOMAN CRYING AND WAVING HER ARMS LARGE CROWD AS SEEN FROM A DISTANCE WOMAN HIDING HER FACE WITH SCARF FUNERAL AS SEEN FROM A DISTANCE WOMAN DRYING HER TEARS WITH HER HEADSCARF
- Embargoed: 3rd April 2014 13:00
- Location: West bank
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: International Relations
- Reuters ID: LVA434HG5G9FMQ6LDTG7ZRLHWT56
- Story Text: Hundreds of Palestinians mourned the death of a Palestinian teenager on Wednesday (March 19), who was shot dead by Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank, in the latest killing to overshadow U.S.-brokered peace talks.
Hundreds of Palestinians chanted and wailed as the body of Youssef Shawamra, covered with a Palestinian flag, was carried through the town towards the cemetery.
The family of Shawamra said he was killed after he went foraging for wild thistles used in local cooking. Hospital officials said he was 15, while one relative said he was 16.
A military spokeswoman said he was shot after he and two other youths were spotted tampering with a security fence near the village of Deir al-Asal al-Tahta. She said soldiers had called on them to stop and had fired warning shots in the air before firing towards them.
Angry locals contested the army version.
The boy's grandfather said Youssef had been with an elderly man planning to collect almonds beyond the wire security fence and two youths. They were all arrested, he added.
Following the incident, local Palestinians gathered in the area and attempted to dismantle the fence. When an Israeli military vehicle appeared at the site, they began throwing stones at troops, who responded with tear gas.
The separation barrier cuts through much of the West Bank. The Israelis say it is needed to prevent suicide attacks, while Palestinians say it has eaten up large parts of territory they want for a future state, separating them from their land.
Palestinian officials say Israeli forces have killed 57 Palestinians and injured almost 900 since the resumption of peace talks last July. They accuse Israel of deliberately stirring up tensions.
Hanan Ashrawi, a senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organization, denounced Shawamra's death as an "extra-judicial killing", saying it was part of a broader pattern of "flagrant violations" of international law.
Last month, Amnesty International published a report which said Israeli forces had used excessive violence in the West Bank, killing dozens of Palestinians over the past three years in what might constitute a war crime.
Israel dismissed the report, saying the human rights group had revealed a "complete lack of understanding" of the difficulties soldiers faced in the West Bank.
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