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West Bank - Palestinians Say Protester Dies 2 Weeks After Being Shot By Israeli Troops

Published on: March 7, 2013 08:28 AM
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FILE - A Palestinian woman takes cover behind a wall as Israeli soldiers fire rubber bullets and tear gas at Palestinian protesters during clashes next to the Israeli military prison Ofer, south of the West Bank town of Ramallah, 06 March 2013. The Palestinians wer demonstrating in support of fellow Palestinian jailed in Israeli prisons, who are on a hunger strike.  EPA/ATEF SAFADIFILE - A Palestinian woman takes cover behind a wall as Israeli soldiers fire rubber bullets and tear gas at Palestinian protesters during clashes next to the Israeli military prison Ofer, south of the West Bank town of Ramallah, 06 March 2013. The Palestinians wer demonstrating in support of fellow Palestinian jailed in Israeli prisons, who are on a hunger strike.  EPA/ATEF SAFADI

West Bank - The family of a Palestinian man who was shot in the head two weeks ago by Israeli troops says he has died of his wounds.

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Palestinians say the 22-year-old Mohammed Asfour was struck in the head by a rubber-coated bullet during an anti-Israel demonstration in the West Bank on Feb. 22.

The crowd had been demonstrating in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners held by Israel when clashes erupted. Asfour’s cousin, Thaer Shalatwa, says his skull was fractured and he had been suffering from bleeding in the brain.

He says Asfour was treated at a Palestinian hospital before being transferred to an Israeli hospital, where he died on Thursday morning.

The Israeli military says rubber bullets are meant to be “non-lethal” means of dispersing protests. It had no immediate comment.


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 Mar 07, 2013 at 09:56 AM Anonymous Says:

Surprised they aren't blaming the Israeli hospital for killing him.

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