Palestinian killed in clashes on anniversary of Arafat's death
November 11 2019 06:49 PM
Hundreds of Palestinians gather with national flags in front of the tomb of late Palestinian leader
Hundreds of Palestinians gather with national flags in front of the tomb of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat (portrait) on the 15th anniversary of his death

AFP/Hebron

Clashes erupted between Palestinians and Israeli forces Monday during demonstrations marking the 15th anniversary of the death of Yasser Arafat in the occupied West Bank, leaving a Palestinian shot dead, medics and Palestinian officials said.
Demonstrations were held in Ramallah and the Hebron area in the West Bank to commemorate the legacy of Arafat, revered as a hero by Palestinians.
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, who succeeded Arafat, laid a wreath at his tomb at a ceremony in Ramallah, where hundreds gathered with pictures and flags for the anniversary.
"Israel says the martyrs are criminals, terrorists and murderers," Abbas said.
"We will never agree to give up on our martyrs, our most sacred martyrs."
Sporadic clashes erupted with Israeli forces, including in the Hebron area, where a Palestinian man was shot dead, the Palestinian health ministry and medics said.
Palestinian medical sources identified the man as 22-year-old Omar al-Badawi, who was hit in the chest with live fire before being taken to Ahali hospital in Hebron, where he was pronounced dead.
The Israeli army did not immediately comment on the incident at Al Arroub refugee camp or on the other clashes in the West Bank.
Medics also reported Israeli use of live fire in clashes at Fawwar, south of Hebron, one of the most tense cities in the West Bank.
Palestinians threw stones at Israeli soldiers in Hebron itself and troops responded with tear gas, an AFP journalist reported.
Palestine Liberation Organisation secretary general Saeb Erekat called on the International Criminal Court to investigate the shooting of al-Badawi.



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