Israeli troops kill Palestinian at militant's funeral: officials

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 10, 2015 8:54 AM

HEBRON, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli troops killed a Palestinian stone-thrower and wounded several others in the occupied West Bank on Friday after a militant's funeral turned violent, hospital officials and witnesses said.

They said the 27-year-old man who was killed was a relative of the Islamic Jihad militant who was buried in Beit Omar, near the Palestinian city of Hebron. Palestinian officials said the militant had died from health problems that his family said had developed during his time in an Israeli jail.

The Israeli army had no immediate comment on Friday's incident, during which, the Palestinians said, troops used both live fire and rubber bullets to disperse stone-throwers.

Israel's Prisons Service said the militant whose funeral was held had been released from custody three months ago, and denied any role in his illness.

(Editing by Andrew Heavens)