Thousands of Palestinians on Friday afternoon laid to rest martyr Basel al-Araj in al-Walajeh town in the occupied Bet Lahm ('Bethlehem').
The participants in the funeral carried Palestinian flags and chanted anti-Palestinian Authority (PA) and anti-occupation slogans.
Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) were deployed along the path of the funeral march which kicked off from the martyr's home.
The director of ambulance and emergency department in the Red Crescent in Bethlehem, Mohammed Awad, said that the IOF soldiers handed over the body of martyr Araj to his family at the Israeli military checkpoint at the northern entrance of Beit Lahm. It was moved to Beit Jala hospital for medical examination, he added.
Basel Araj, 34, was killed at dawn Monday, March 06, in a clash with the IOF troopers who stormed the apartment, where he was hiding from IOF arrest, in the West Bank city of Ramallah. He refused to surrender and engaged the troopers in an unequal gunfight that ended in his martyrdom.
Israeli authorities backtracked on conditions for handing over the body of martyr Araj after his family refused these conditions which stipulated arranging his funeral directly from the barrier not from his home.