A 16-year-old Palestinian, who was shot and killed in clashes between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers earlier this week, was buried in his West Bank village of Kafr Odla on Friday.
Saeed Oudeh's body was shrouded in a Palestinian flag for burial, and mourners at the funeral chanted slogans condemning Israel and Israel's occupation of the West Bank.
The clashes began when soldiers were searching for the suspect in Sunday’s Tapuah Junction attack, which left a 19-year-old Israeli dead and two others wounded. Saeed was fatally wounded and died shortly thereafter, while his cousin was evacuated to Rafidia Surgical Hospital in Nablus after being shot in the back. He is in serious but stable condition.
Saeed’s aunt, Layla Oudeh, said he was an 10th grader who had not been involved in political or violent activity. “Nothing can explain or argue why such a boy should die,” she said. “We also know that no one will investigate. For Israel, it’s just another dead Palestinian.”
Her relatives remarked that a massive military presence has been felt not only in the village, but also in the region south of Nablus since the Tapuah Junction attack.
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The IDF Spokesperson's Unit commented: “The suspects threw Molotov cocktails at soldiers during routine operations. The troops commenced the procedure for arresting a suspect, which included shooting at the suspects. Our forces suffered no casualties. The incident will be investigated.”
The suspect in the Tapuah Junction attack was taken early Friday for interrogation by the Shin Bet security service, the police announced. He has been identified as Muntassir Shalabi, 44, of the village of Turmus Ayya. The Border Police stated that he does not belong to a terrorist organization.
Shalabi was arrested in a raid by counter-terrorism and Shin Bet forces on his hiding place in the West Bank village of Silwad, based on intelligence gathering that also included the police and the army.