Hundreds attend funeral for slain Palestinian teen
Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 01:24
Dec. 13 - Hundreds of mourners attend the funeral of a Palestinian teen killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank city of Hebron. Travis Brecher reports.
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Hundreds of Palestinians take part in a funeral procession on Thursday for a Palestinian teenager shot by Israeli troops overnight.
Israeli forces shot the young man dead in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron after he allegedly threatened them with what appeared to be a pistol, according to an Israeli police spokesman.
The spokesperson added that a preliminary investigation indicated the pistol was fake.
Palestinian medical officials said the boy was 17.
Speaking in Gaza City, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh denounced the killing.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HAMAS LEADER IN GAZA, ISMAIL HANIYEH, SAYING:
"We denounce the targeting of one of our Palestinian nationals in the West Bank and we assure that this is a reality of Israeli discrimination and violence and we demand all who care to stop these attacks on our nation in the West Bank."
Hebron is a city known for high tensions between Palestinian residents and Jewish settlers.
Settlements on the West Bank are considered illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this.
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