1000s of Palestinian students protest at killing of Palestinian youth

Thousands of schoolchildren have held rallies in the occupied territories, protesting the killing of a 22-year-old Palestinian.

The demonstrators in several Arab villages in northern Israel urged the authorities to suspend and punish a policeman who shot dead Khair al-Din Hamdan near the town of Kafr Kanna in northern Israeli-occupied lands on Saturday.

This comes as Israeli forces say Hamdan was shot during a raid, but video footage released after the incident shows an Israeli soldier getting out of his car and shooting directly at Hamdan. His relatives say he was killed in cold blood.

Since the shooting early Saturday, scores of angry youngsters have staged demonstrations in several Arab towns across Israel.

Palestinian protesters have vowed to keep holding demonstrations against Hamdan’s killing until the Israeli soldier who shot him dead is brought to justice.

At least 24 protesters have been detained in and near the village where Hamdan was shot, police said.

The 24 Palestinians, including 10 children, appeared in a court on Monday. The Palestinians are accused of stone-throwing and what Israel calls other public order offences.

The Israeli court is to decide whether it will extend the suspects’ detention.

Scores of Palestinian students also rallied Sunday at universities in Haifa and Tel Aviv.

Israel’s Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch said he fully supports the policemen involved in Hamdan’s death.

Following the unrest sparked by the killing, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered a harsh crackdown on protests.

Source: Press TV

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