Thousands Attend Funeral Procession of Palestinian Killed by Israel in Ramallah Village

RAMALLAH, December 5, 2015 (WAFA) – Thousands of Palestinian mourners Saturday afternoon attended the funeral procession of a Palestinian youth who was shot dead on Friday by Israeli forces following an alleged stabbing attempt in Aboud village, northwest of Ramallah.

All shops and schools were closed and local churches bells were rung in honor of Abed al-Rahman al-Barghouthi, 27.

The funeral procession set off from Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah and laid al-Barghouthi, 27, to rest.

Mourners raised the Palestinian flag and flags of different Palestinian factions and representatives of the local community delivered speeches confirming that al-Barghouthi was killed ‘in cold-blooded’ as national songs were played on loudspeakers.

Al-Barghouthi was shot dead on Friday by Israeli forces at the village entrance after he allegedly stabbed an Israeli soldier.

Israeli daily (Haaretz) reported that a Palestinian ‘assailant’ stabbed a 20-year-old Israeli soldier during clashes in Aboud, near Halamish settlement.

The soldiers was rushed to Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer with moderate to serious wounds. The ‘assailant’ was shot and killed at the scene.

Palestinian Health Ministry was reported as confirming that al-Barghouthi died from gunshot wounds to the neck and arm.

Al-Barghouthi was reportedly heading back to his house in Aboud village following a visit to his fiancée’s house in the nearby village of Beit Rima.

He was dropped off by a public taxi near the village entrance, where clashes were taking place between local youths and Israeli forces.

“Israeli forces killed Abdul-Rahman in ‘cold-blood’, after being stopped at the village entrance,’ said Husni al-Barghouthi, Abdel al-Rahman’s uncle, who refuted the Israeli allegations, confirming that soldiers ‘planted a knife beside his body.’

‘al-Barghothi was ordered by soldiers to show his identity card, when soldiers opened fire at him, hitting him in the neck and head with over six bullets, causing his immediate death,’ he added.

Witnesses added that the soldiers ran away to a nearby military outpost before other military reinforcements were brought to the scene.

Al-Barghouthi’s body was taken from the scene by a Palestinian vehicle before soldiers attempted to follow the vehicle, while targeting it with shots.

Al-Barghouthi’s body was then taken to a Salfit hospital before being transferred into Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah.

Following the alleged stabbing attack, Israeli forces cordoned Aboud village off, closing the main entrance of Aboud village and preventing all residents from exiting or entering the village through the main street.

Residents were forced to take alternative long detours to get into and out of the village.

To be noted, the killing of al-Barghouthi brings the total number of Palestinians killed by Israel since the beginning of ongoing unrest in early October, 2015, to 114.