JERUSALEM ( Associated Press) — A 21-year-old Palestinian man died Saturday from a head injury he sustained last month when Israeli police fired rubber bullets at stone-throwing Palestinian protesters during violence at Israel’s most holy site. Jerusalem conflict.
Israel’s Hadassah hospital confirmed the death of Waleed Shareef early on Saturday, saying he died weeks after being hospitalized for serious head injuries. His family confirmed his death.
Shareef was injured on April 22 at the Al Aqsa mosque complex, considered holy by Muslims and Jews — known as the Temple Mount — and which has been the scene of repeated confrontations between Israeli forces and Palestinian protesters in recent weeks. .
Amateur video recorded at the time shows a large group of Palestinians fleeing heavy Israeli fire. Immediately after a shot, Shareef is seen to fall on his face and lie motionless on the floor. Israeli agents quickly remove him from the scene.
At that point, police fired rubber-tipped bullets to disperse a crowd of masked Palestinians who, he said, were throwing stones and firecrackers at officers and near the Western Wall, the holiest place of worship in the Judaism.
Palestinian witnesses and Shareef’s family say that he was shot in the head with a rubber bullet, while Israeli authorities have suggested that he died from injuries sustained in the fall. Hadassah hospital officials on Saturday refused to offer a precise cause of the brain injury.
Her death came a day after Shireen Abu Akleh, a well-known Al Jazeera television journalist who was killed during an Israeli army raid on the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, was buried in Jerusalem at a mass funeral in which Israeli police he pushed and punched pallbearers and other attendees.
Palestinians, including other reporters who were with her when the incident occurred, say she was killed by Israeli fire. The army, for its part, maintains that a shootout with Palestinian gunmen was taking place and that it is unclear who fired the deadly shot.
Israel captured east Jerusalem, which is home to the Old City and its contentious religious sites, in the 1967 Six-Day War. Israel claims the entire city as its capital and annexed the eastern part, a step not recognized by Israel. the international community. The Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of a future independent state.