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Tensions rise as Israel's anniversary nears

New York Times

JERUSALEM - Tensions were high in East Jerusalem on Saturday as hundreds of Palestinians buried a 17-year-old demonstrator and preparations were under way for rallies today to mark the founding of Israel 63 years ago, an event Palestinians call the "nakba," Arabic for catastrophe.

The dead teen, Milad Ayyash, was shot in the stomach Friday during stone-throwing demonstrations in theSilwan neighborhood and died in the hospital Saturday. A police spokesman said officers had not used live fire and were investigating the death.

Witnesses said the gunshot came from inside a Jewish-owned building, either from a security guard or a resident.

Mourners carried the body through East Jerusalem on Saturday, throwing rocks at the buildingfrom which they said the boy was shot. Police arrested four people.