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Hundreds take part in funeral march for Palestinian teen

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(9 Jun 2018) Hundreds of mourners marched through the streets of Rafah on Saturday, carrying the body of Haitham al-Jamal, a teenager who was shot and killed a day earlier by Israeli troops near the Gaza border fence. The 15-year-old is the 12th child under the age of 16 to have been killed since the near-weekly protests against the blockade of Gaza by Israel and Egypt began on March 30. Haitham's mother paid her respects near his body on Saturday, while mourners threw flowers. Haitham's family said he was taking part in a protest in Rafah, in southern Gaza, when he was shot. The teenage boy was among at least four demonstrators killed on Friday as Israeli troops fired live rounds and tear gas at thousands of Palestinians protesting near the Gaza border fence. Over 600 were wounded, Gaza health officials said. More than 100 of the wounded, including a photographer for the French news agency Agence Press France, were hit by live fire, the officials added, as the demonstrators burned tyres, threw stones and flew flaming kites in the latest in a series of mass protests to call attention to the decade-old blockade. Israel claims Gaza's Hamas leaders are using the protests as cover to carry out attacks. Since the near-weekly protests began on March 30, more than 120 Palestinians have been killed and over 3,800 wounded by Israeli army fire. The overwhelming majority of the dead and wounded have been unarmed, according to Gaza health officials. Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork Twitter: https://twitter.com/AP_Archive Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/APArchives Google+: https://plus.google.com/b/102011028589719587178/+APArchive​ Tumblr: https://aparchives.tumblr.com/​​ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/APNews/ You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/3c630250f0f54e514181af386f0c44b8
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Vern H (3 months ago)
Amazing how these so called unarmed peaceful protesters suddenly are carrying AK-47 rifles in the streets.
file folders (3 months ago)
💖 Stay strong, Palestine. 💖

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