July 10, 2020 / 12:30 PM / a month ago

Hundreds gather for funeral of Palestinian shot by Israeli troops

Mourners pray before the body of Palestinian man Ibraheem Yakoub during his funeral in Kifl Haris in the Israeli-occupied West Bank July 10, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman 

SALFIT, West Bank (Reuters) - Hundreds of people gathered in the occupied West Bank on Friday for the funeral of a Palestinian man shot by Israeli soldiers a day earlier.

Israel’s army said troops opened fire after the Palestinian and another man started throwing fire bombs at a guard post near the town of Nablus.

Palestinian officials dismissed the report and said the man had been walking with friends when he was shot dead.

People at the funeral in the village of Salfit carried Palestinian flags and chanted “Allahu Akbar”, or God is greatest.

Tensions have been high in the West Bank in recent weeks as Israel weighs a plan to annex part of the territory that Palestinians seek for a future state.

Reporting by Mohamad Torokman and Ali Sawafta; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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