Thousands attend funeral for Ramallah man killed Tuesday
Published Wednesday 23/10/2013 (updated) 25/10/2013 11:45
Muhammad Assi, 28, from Beit Liqya was killed Tuesday when
Israeli soldiers stormed an area between the West Bank villages
of Bilin and Kufr Nemeh.(MaanImages/Wafa)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Thousands of mourners on Wednesday participated in the funeral of a man shot dead a day earlier by Israeli forces near Ramallah.
Muhammad Assi, 28, from Beit Liqya was killed Tuesday when Israeli soldiers stormed an area between the West Bank villages of Bilin and Kufr Nemeh, sparking a gunfight which ended at a cave, Palestinian witnesses and medics said.
The funeral procession started at the Palestine Medical Center in Ramallah and Assi was then transferred to Beit Liqya where he was wrapped in Palestinian Islamic Jihad flags.
Dozens of cars followed the procession and thousands of people carried the body while chanting slogans calling for revenge and resistance against Israel's occupation.
Mourners also chanted for an end to negotiations with Israel.
Islamic Jihad confirmed Assi was one of its militants in a statement on its website which said he had been "assassinated" by Israel's army in Kufr Nemeh, while Gaza's Hamas rulers offered condolences.
The Israeli army confirmed the incident and claimed Assi was responsible for the November 2012 bombing of a Tel Aviv bus that wounded 29 people.
Israeli forces have killed at least 20 people in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip this year.
The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.