Hundreds attend funeral of 17 Palestinians from Hebron

PNN/Hebron

This Saturday afternoon hundreds of people are gathering together in Hebron for the funeral of 17 Palestinians whose bodies were returned to their families yesterday by the Israeli occupation forces.

Relatives and friends gathered in the early hours of morning at Hebron’s al-Ahli hospital in order to retrieve bodies from the morgue and bring them home in preparation for the funeral.

The Governor for the Hebron district, Kamel Hamid, stated “this is the day in which we feel some satisfaction that we are able to welcome the bodies of our children after such prolonged suffering, suffering by the families of the martyrs because of these unprecedented Israeli measures.”

14 of the bodies would be buried in the city’s Al-Shuhada (Martyrs) Cemetery in the al-Sheikh quarter after funeral prayers are performed.

1044679_1062908123786088_1172090796836640245_nOmar Zaaqiq — killed Nov. 27 after running his vehicle into a group of Israeli soldiers — will be buried in his hometown of Beit Ummar;

Hamza al-Amla — killed on Oct. 20 after allegedly attempted to run over settlers at a bus stop in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc — will be buried in Beit Ula;

Fadi Hasan al-Froukh — killed after suspected for stabbing an Israeli soldier — will be buried in Sair.

The 17 bodies were among over 80 to be held by Israeli authorities since October, according to the UN Office of the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs.

A general strike was announced in Hebron in solidarity with the families and to encourage attendance of the joint funeral in Hebron city.

Below a gallery with some of the photos from the funerals in Hebron this Saturday.