Palestinian health authorities say 17-year-old Palestinian young man died two months after being wounded in the neck by an Israeli rifle
JERUSALEM – A 17-year-old Palestinian died Monday, two months after being wounded in the neck by an Israeli rifle during a conflict near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Palestinian health authorities said.
The shooting came during one of numerous clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces during the 11-day war in May between Israel and Hamas, the fourth clash since the militant group took control of the Gaza Strip in 2007.
A statement from Palestinian health authorities said Youssef Nawaf had died after a 14th bullet wound to the neck damaged his spinal cord, leaving him in critical condition.
According to the United Nations, at least 26 Palestinians were killed in the West Bank during the May fighting. At least 254 people were killed in Gaza, including 67 children and 39 women, while 12 civilians, including two children and one soldier, were killed in Israel.
Israel occupied the West Bank in the 1967 war. Palestinians are looking for the area as the heart of a future independent state.
On Friday, Israeli troops shot and killed another Palestinian young man – Mohammed Tamimi (17) during the conflict in Nebi Saleh. The village has been the scene of numerous demonstrations over the years against the expansion of a nearby Israeli settlement on what Palestinians say is their country.