Soldiers deploy teargas at the funeral for a Palestinian child shot dead by Israeli forces

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Clashes have erupted between Israeli security forces and Palestinians at the funeral of a 13-year-old boy killed by Israeli gunfire in the occupied West Bank.

Hundreds of Palestinians had gathered to mourn the death of Ali Abu Alia in Almugayer village, where he was shot in the stomach by Israeli forces. He died in hospital on Friday 4 December.

Soldiers intermittently attacked mourners with tear gas as they threw stones at Israeli forces.

Clash near the West Bank town of Salfit
Clash near the West Bank town of Salfit (Majdi Mohammed/AP)


Late on Friday, the senior UN political envoy in the region said he was “appalled” by the killing of the teenager. Israel should “swiftly” and independently “investigate this shocking and unacceptable incident”, Nikolay Mladenov wrote on Twitter.

The Israeli military said soldiers and border police responded with “riot dispersal means” against protesters who threw rocks at them. It denied that its forces used live ammunition.

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Resistance to Israeli forces entering Palestinian-controlled areas of the occupied West Bank is common from Palestinian youths. The military often raids Palestinian towns to arrest people they suspect of planning or taking part in attacks.

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    1. Any Labour MP brave enough to comment? I thought not… would be deemed anti-Semitic. Just like the bicycle ride charity in Tower Hamlets for Palestinian children which local CLPs have been banned for from supporting by David Evans.
      The party is sick.

    2. Of course, Starmer will not comment or condemn. He is on the side of corporate power, the rich, the media, the global elite. A dead child? Who cares, progress marches on and with luck he will fulfil mummy and daddy’s ambition and be in Downing St. This is the world we inhabit: a place where children are murdered so the rich in the US and Europe can stay rich, aided by the goons who run Israel. Only rebellion by the common folk, non-violent but resolute, can change this. Leaders let you down if you give them power. Keep power at the grassroots.

    3. There’s something wrong in this country when its fine to demonise and slur Russia and its president, however do the same to Israel and you suddenly become a racist anti semite. Palestinian children dying from being shot by big tough soldiers and not a Murmur from Starmer, state a fact about anything Israel and Palestine related and he will rise like a mighty warrior and strike you down. I know whose side I’m on and I’m proud of it.

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