MINOR DIES AFTER CLASHES BETWEEN PALESTINIAN SECURITY FORCES AND ‘GUNMEN’

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17-year-old boy died on Wednesday February 19th, a day after he was shot in chest during clashes between Palestinian Authority security forces and ‘gunmen’ in the town of Qabatiya in the Jenin district of the occupied West Bank.

Security forces on Tuesday February 18th had moved to disperse a reception for political prisoner Ali Tayseer Ali Zakarneh, who was being released by Israeli occupation after 20 months imprisonment.

It has been claimed that former political prisoners had been shooting in the air and the security forces had moved to stop this, but the Hamas movement has taken advantage of the events, and claimed that the security forces’ action reflected their continuing security co-operation with the Israeli occupation.

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The attempt to disperse the crowd led to clashes, and at some point to exchange of gunfire with ‘gunmen’ that the sources don’t directly identify, but which we hazard to guess could be al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade members based on the location and later appearance of armed men in the boy’s funeral.

At least four people were wounded. The number of injured security forces’ members in sources differ from one – said to have been injured after being hit in his neck with a stick – to 15. Most suffered injuries from shrapnel, but one person – who in some sources is identified as Muntasser Zakarneh but also given different last names in others – was shot in foot, beyond the boy who was fatally shot.

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This was 17-year-old Salah al-Din Muhammad Zakarneh, who was shot in chest, suffering critical injuries, and died of his wounds on the next day in hospital.

His family has publicly blamed security forces and Akram Rajoub, the governor of Jenin, for his death, which led to protests on Wednesday, including blocking of roads.

Based on the careful reaction of the authorities – president Abbas called the boy’s father, an official investigation committee was set up on the day of his death by the prime minister – they seem to agree, although warn people against believing and spreading ‘rumours’.

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When Salah al-Din Zakarneh was buried, there were present armed, masked men who escorted and carried his body part of the way. This time the security forces stayed away.

 (Source / 23.02.2020) 

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