Israeli Forces Assault Mourners At Funeral of Slain Teen

December 25, 2018 4:42 AM Ali Salam Holy sites, Human rights, Jerusalem, News Report 0
25 Dec
4:42 AM

The funeral of Qassem al-Abbassi, the teen killed by Israeli forces, on December 20, 2018, was held Monday night, in the town of Silwan, in occupied East Jerusalem.

The Palestinian men were carrying the teen’s body on their shoulders, from the Silwan mosque, and many of the mourners shouted criticism regarding the death of the teen, and chanted for the liberation of Palestine,  the Wadi Hilweh Information Center (Silwanic), has reported.

Walking behind an ambulance, the funeral procession was blocked by Israeli forces, whom instructed the mourners to return the body of the teen to the ambulance, and to stop chanting slogans.

Israeli forces threatened not to allow the teen to be buried at the cemetery of Bab al-Rahma, at the eastern wall of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

According to Silwanic, although the mourners complied with the orders given by Israeli soldiers, they were assaulted and attempts were made to block the funeral procession from entering Al-Aqsa mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem.

The mourners were forbidden from raising flags or banners at the funeral, and were eventually allowed  to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque with the body of the slain Palestinian, and later went to the cemetery, amidst extensive Israeli military presence.

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Ali Salam

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