1000s gather for funeral of Palestinian farmer killed by Israeli settlers
Thousands of Palestinians have taken part in a funeral held for a Palestinian farmer who was recently shot and killed by Israeli settlers.
On Saturday, mourners carried Mahmoud Odeh’s body through the village of Qusra, south of Nablus, before burying him in the local cemetery.
On Thursday, Israeli settlers shot and killed the 48-year-old while he was working on his farm.
The shooting assault took place amid skirmishes between Palestinian locals and a group of Israeli settlers, following which Israeli troops stormed the area.
Israeli forces claimed that Odeh was shot after a group of Israelis were attacked by Palestinians. Palestinians denied that any clash had taken place before the shooting.
Most of the attacks carried out by Israeli settlers against Palestinians and their property are met with impunity, with those guilty rarely facing consequences for such actions.
The occupied Palestinian territories have witnessed new tensions ever since Israeli forces introduced restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem al-Quds in August 2015.
More than 300 Palestinians have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli forces in the ongoing tensions since the beginning of October 2015.