JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Hundreds of Palestinians took part in the Jerusalem funeral of teenagerMuhammad Abu Ghannam, 17, on Monday, defying restrictions imposed by Israel authorities.
Israel had previously said they would only allow 70 people to attend his burial at a cemetery close to his home in al-Tur, but hundreds turned out waving Palestinian flags and chanting slogans in support of protecting Jerusalem.
Israel had delayed delivering the body of the slain teenager until 2 a.m. on Monday in a bid to impose size restrictions on the funeral.
Clashes broke out at the burial between mourners and Israeli forces and spread to al-Tur’s main streets, where soldiers fired tear gas canisters and rubber-coated steel bullets.
Abu Ghannam was shot dead by Israeli forces at a checkpoint in occupied East Jerusalemafter allegedly attempting to stab checkpoint officers just before midnight on Friday.