Monday, 6 June 2016

Youth shot in the head by Israeli forces Friday succumbs to wounds

A Palestinian youth died on Monday after succumbing to critical wounds sustained after he was shot in the head by Israeli forces with live fire on Friday when clashes broke out at Joseph’s Tomb in the eastern outskirts of the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health confirmed in a statement that 20-year-old Jamal Muhammad Dweikat from Nablus died on Monday at an unnamed Israeli hospital.

Dweikat had been in a critical condition after he was shot with a live bullet to the head when clashes broke out between Israeli forces and local youth near Joseph's Tomb on Friday after a group of some 4,000 right-wing Israelis entered Nablus though the eastern side of the city escorted by Israeli forces, reportedly arriving after midnight and leaving at dawn Saturday morning.

At least 10 Palestinians were reportedly wounded in the clashes. In addition to live fire, Israeli forces reportedly also fired tear gas canisters and rubber-coated steel bullets at the protesters.

According to local Palestinian media, dozens of Israeli soldiers had cordoned off Joseph’s Tomb in preparation before several buses transporting the Israelis who entered the site and began praying and performing religious rituals. more