General Strike Announced in Bethlehem Following Israel’s Killing of Child

BETHLEHEM, October 6, 2015 (WAFA) – A general strike is observed across Bethlehem on Tuesday to protest and mourn the killing of 13-year-old boy who was shot dead by Israeli forces during confrontations on Monday.

Businesses, schools, and institutions of high education remained closed across the city after various Palestinian factions called for a general strike on Tuesday.

Abdul-Rahman Shadi Mustafa, 13, was seriously injured when Israeli soldiers shot him with live ammunition in the chest while returning from school amidst violent clashes in Aida refugee camp to the north of Bethlehem on Monday.

The shooting of Mustafa came less than 24 hours after another Palestinian youth was killed by the Israeli army in Tulkarem.

He was transferred to  Beit Jala hospital before he succumbed to his wounds during a surgery to save his life.

The funeral procession was set to leave from Beit Jala Tuesday noon and  make its way toward a cemetery near the refugee camp.