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In photos: Israel locks Jerusalem down on day of prayers, funeral

July 5, 2014 7:33 P.M. (Updated: July 7, 2014 11:38 A.M.)
By: Yasmyn Koops

Israeli forces deployed heavily in Jerusalem on Friday, the first of this year's Ramadan, a day on which Palestinians traditionally make their way to the Al-Aqsa mosque for prayers.

"It's hard to concentrate on faith when constantly confronted with soldiers," 60-year-old local resident Ahmad told Ma'an.

"It makes you aware of the potential threat of clashes," he said, noting the irony of celebrating forgiveness and peace next to an armed man.

Strict limitations on permits to enter Jerusalem were imposed on Palestinians on Friday, the same day the funeral of 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir was to be held in Shufat.

(MaanImages/Yasmyn Koops)

At the funeral, the slain Palestinian teen's aunt told Ma'an she feared for the life of her 12-year-old son after the recent events unfolded.

"He is scared as well and hides inside the house," Aber Abu Khdeir told Ma'an.

"They (Israelis) tried to kidnap a child before" they kidnapped and killed Muhammad, she said.

She said she was also worried about her older sons, who have been protesting in the streets of Shufat following the murder.

Protests have led to what are considered the largest clashes the neighborhood has seen in years.

After noon prayers, a crowd of thousands gathered near the Abu Khdeir home and relatives later carried the youth's body from the Shufat mosque to the cemetery.

"I don't know what to feel," Walid Abu Khdeir told Ma'an after carrying his cousin's body.

"After the funeral I went home. I was alone and I cried."

Clashes broke out as Israeli police fired tear gas canisters at the funeral march.

Muhammad Abu Kdheir was kidnapped and murdered by suspected Jewish extremists on Wednesday, the day after the funeral of three Israeli teenagers who were killed in the West Bank.
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