The body of a Palestinian killed on Friday during clashes with Israeli police in and around the Jerusalem and the West Bank was smuggled out of the hospital in East Jerusalem where he died of his wounds, Palestinian media showed.
In footage broadcast by the Palestinian news agency Ma’an on Friday, a body covered in a bloodied white sheet can be seen being carried over a brick wall.
The video identified the fatality as Muhammad Hassan Abu Ghanem, who was reportedly shot in the A-Tur area and died of his wounds at Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem.
The body may have been smuggled out for fear that Israeli authorities may have wanted to hold onto it until the family agreed to hold a small funeral.
This practice, usually reserved for terrorists, was renewed shortly after a wave of violence broke out two years ago, at times with near-daily stabbing, shooting or car-ramming attacks, with authorities sometimes delaying delivering the bodies of perpetrators to their families, over fears that mass funerals would become launching pads for more violence.
There is no indication Israeli authorities were going to hold onto the body of the teenager on Friday. Three Palestinians reported killed in clashes with Israeli security forces on Friday were all laid to rest on Friday evening, Channel 2 reported.
The two other Palestinians reported killed on Friday were 17-year-old Muhammad Mahmoud Sharaf from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan and Muhammad Lafi, 18, from Abu Dis in the West Bank, right outside Jerusalem.
Sharaf was reportedly killed in Ras al-Amud outside the Old City after being shot by a “settler,” though no shooter was identified; the term is often used by Palestinians to refer to any Israeli out of uniform.
Lafi was said to have been shot in an incident in Abu Dis.
The clashes erupted earlier Friday in East Jerusalem and the West Bank as thousands demonstrated against the installation of metal detectors at the entrances to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. The upgraded Israeli security measures at the Temple Mount were introduced after three Arab Israelis shot dead two Israeli police officers on duty there last Friday, using guns they had smuggled into the Al-Aqsa mosque.
The Israeli military said at least 17 people were arrested in the clashes. According to Palestinian medical officials, over 200 people were injured.
Throughout the Old City in Jerusalem, worshipers protested the new security procedures at the holy site imposed by the Israel Police after last Friday’s deadly terror attack. Muslim leaders instructed those wishing to pray not to agree to pass through the metal detector gates posted at the Temple Mount. Only a few Palestinians agreed to security checks and entered the site on Friday, with thousands more praying or protesting at various sites around the city.