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Clashes erupt at funeral for Palestinian boy shot dead by Israeli forces

Ali Abu Alia, 13, died after the incident in the West Bank.

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Palestinians attend the funeral of a 13-year-old Ali Abu Alia who was shot dead by Israeli military forces during clashes with a stone-throwing Palestinains, al-Mughair village near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Palestinians attend the funeral of a 13-year-old Ali Abu Alia who was shot dead by Israeli military forces during clashes with a stone-throwing Palestinains, al-Mughair village near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Palestinians attend the funeral of a 13-year-old Ali Abu Alia who was shot dead by Israeli military forces during clashes with a stone-throwing Palestinains, al-Mughair village near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Clashes have erupted between Israeli security forces and Palestinians at the funeral of a 13-year-old boy killed by Israeli gunfire in the occupied West Bank.

Hundreds of Palestinians had gathered to mourn the death of Ali Abu Alia in Almugayer village, where he was hit in the stomach and died in hospital on Friday.

Dozens of people threw stones at Israeli forces and set tyres on fire during the gathering, and soldiers responded with intermittent barrages of tear gas.

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Clash near the West Bank town of Salfit (Majdi Mohammed/AP)

Clash near the West Bank town of Salfit (Majdi Mohammed/AP)

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Clash near the West Bank town of Salfit (Majdi Mohammed/AP)

Late on Friday, the senior UN political envoy in the region said he was “appalled” by the killing of the teenager. Israel should “swiftly” and independently “investigate this shocking and unacceptable incident”, Nikolay Mladenov wrote on Twitter.

The Israeli military said “dozens of rioters” hurled rocks at Israeli soldiers and border police, who responded with “riot dispersal means”. It denied that its forces used live ammunition.

Clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli forces entering Palestinian-controlled areas of the occupied West Bank are common. The military often raids Palestinian towns to arrest people suspected of planning or taking part in attacks.

Tensions are also high around the Israeli settlements. More than 400,000 settlers live in the West Bank, which Israel occupied in the 1967 Middle East war.

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