Israeli forces have attacked a funeral procession for two Palestinians killed by regime forces last month, wounding at least eight people with live bullet rounds.
On Monday, thousands of people converged in the occupied central West Bank town of Qatanna to attend the funeral of 24-year-old Omar al-Faqih and Muhammad Nathmi Shamasneh, 23, whose bodies had been released from Israeli custody the previous day.
Clashes broke out when Israeli troops attacked the mourners and fired live rounds as well as rubber-coated steel bullets to disperse the crowd. They also hurled tear gas canisters at the Palestinians.
On October 17, Israeli forces shot and killed Faqih at Qalandiya checkpoint between Ramallah and Israeli-occupied al-Quds (Jerusalem) after he allegedly stabbed and injured an Israeli border police officer.
Shamasneh was killed by Israeli forces in the northwestern part of al-Quds after another alleged stabbing attack four days earlier.
At least 73 Palestinians, including two infants and a pregnant woman, have reportedly lost their lives at the hands of Israeli forces since the beginning of October. Some 8,262 others have also sustained injuries.
At least 10 Israelis have died and 130 others injured during the same period.
Tensions heightened in the occupied Palestinian territories following the Israeli regime’s imposition in August of restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam.
Palestinians are also angry at increasing violence by Israeli settlers, who frequently storm the al-Aqsa Mosque.