Hundreds Attend Funerals of Two Palestinians Killed in Clashes With Israeli Troops in Jenin

Soldiers returned fire after coming under attack during pre-dawn operation in Jenin refugee camp

Palestinian mourners carry the bodies of Mohammed Salah Os Salameh during their funeral in the West Bank city of Jenin, July 12, 2017.
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Two young men killed in clashes with Israeli troops on early Wednesday morning were buried that afternoon in the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank.  Hundreds attended the funerals.

The funeral processions began from the government hospital in Jenin and made their way through the main streets of the city to the cemetery.  Fatah leaders form the city and region participated in the funerals, which took place with no military symbols, such as the presence of gunmen and firing in the air.

The participants shouted slogans against Israel and praised the two men as Palestinian martyrs, saying they were executed in Palestinian territory.

The two Palestinians who were killed were identified as Mohammed Salah, 21, and Os Salameh, 16. Salah sustained bullet wounds to his chest and stomach and died at the scene, said Palestinian sources.

Mohammed Salah and Os Salamah.

The Palestinian Red Crescent society said that two wounded Palestinians were evacuated to a hospital with gunshot wounds, including Salameh who was in serious condition. He died of his injuries on the operating table.

The two men were killed when Israeli troops carrying out a before dawn patrol in the Jenin refugee camp came under attack by residents armed with firebombs who shot at the soldiers. The forces responded with live fire, said the Israel Defense Forces Spokesman’s Office. None of the soldiers were injured.

The soldiers came under a hail of dozens of makeshift explosive devices and gunfire from rooftops while the Maglan special forces unit was conducting a patrol in the in the refugee camp, said the IDF Spokesman.