Palestinian demonstrator dies two weeks after being shot during clashes


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian man shot in the head with a rubber bullet by Israeli troops during a West Bank demonstration two weeks ago has died.

Mohammed Asfour, 22, was shot during riots supporting Palestinian hunger strikers being held in administrative detention in Israeli prisons. He was taken from a West Bank hospital last week to an Israeli hospital in Tel Aviv, where he died Thursday.

The funeral for Asfour, who was a fourth-year student at the sports school in Abu Dis University and a local soccer star, is schedueled for Friday in his home village of Aboud, in the West Bank.

Meanwhile, a Palestinian woman from eastern Jerusalem was seriously wounded by a foam-tipped bullet that struck her in the jaw, Haaretz reported.The injury occurred in the eastern Jerusalem community of Silwan during the arrest by Israeli police of the woman’s sister-in-law. Police came after rioting residents threw rocks at the officers, who fired on the crowd. The woman’s lower jaw was broken.

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