[Al Jazeera | Wednesday, 30 July, 2008.]
Israeli troops have shot dead a Palestinian boy during a protest near the separation wall in the occupied West Bank, according to Palestinian medics and witnesses. Hammad Hossam Mussa was hit by a bullet fired by Israeli soldiers in the village of Ni'lin on Tuesday, Salah Al Khawaja, a member of Ni'lin's Committee Against the Wall, said. He died of his wounds while being transported to hospital in an ambulance, medical sources said.
Al Jazeera's Jacky Rowland in Jerusalem said that the Israeli military had not yet given a definitive account of the incident. "They have merely told us that they are carrying out 'a careful and thorough investigation' into how this child died, and only once they have done that investigation will we get their comment on how this boy happened to die," she said. (Full story here.)
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Follow-Up: Clashes At Funeral Of West Bank Boy
[Al Jazeera | Thursday, 31 July, 2008.]
Clashes between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers have broken out at the funeral of a 10-year-old Palestinian boy shot dead by Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank. Thousands of people in the West Bank gathered on Wednesday for the funeral of Ahmed Mussa who was killed on Tuesday during a protest against the separation wall in the village of Ni'lin. The mourners marched from the city of Ramallah to Ni'lin on Wednesday, chanting slogans condemning Mussa's killing.
Clashes broke out when the procession reached the village, with Palestinians hurling stones and Israeli soldiers firing tear gas grenades and rubber-coated bullets. Five Palestinians were injured and a 16-year-old was in serious condition after being shot in the eye and the head with rubber-coated bullets, doctors at a nearby hospital said.
At the funeral, Rafik Husseini, an aide to Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, said Tuesday's shooting was "truly a crime against a child". "The Israeli army, with its actions in Ni'lin and the rest of the West Bank, is trying to destroy any chance of peace and of a solution with two states living side-by-side," he said. Salah Khawaja, a member of Ni'lin's Committee Against the Wall, said that Mussa died when soldiers fired live rounds towards a group of protesters running into Ni'lin village after being dispersed from the protest site by rubber-coated bullets.
According to Palestinian officials, an autopsy conducted by forensic doctors found that Mussa was shot by a live round. Said Abu Ali, the governor of Ramallah, said that the autopsy indicated that Mussa was struck by a single bullet from an M16 assault rifle that entered his forehead and exited the back of his head. (Full story here.)
Protests against the separation wall occur regularly around Ni'lin [AFP]