Our picture of the day for Friday March 17th shows the father of Basel al-Araj, Mahmoud, kissing his son’body during Basel’s funeral at his home village of al-Walaja near Bethlehem on the occupied West Bank.
Basel’s body had been handed over earlier on the day by Israeli occupation. At least 2000 people took part in his funeral.
Basel al-Araj, 31, was killed by Israel’s occupation forces on March 6th at al-Birej. He was shot numerous times, with multiple fatal injuries with one bullet hitting his heart. Video by Israeli occupation shows that he was given no chance to surrender and was shot within five to ten seconds after occupation soldiers saw him.
PHOTO: Shafee Hafez