JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian teenager shot by Israeli troops during an eastern Jerusalem demonstration a week ago has died of his wounds.
The teen, from eastern Jerusalem, died Sunday morning in Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital, the Palestinian Maan news agency reported.
The father of Muhammad Abd Al-Majid Sunuqrut, 16, told Maan that his son was shot in the head with a rubber-coated bullet during the Sept. 1 rally in the Wadi Joz neighborhood. Abd al-Majid Sunuqrut claimed that his son was talking on his phone and not taking part in the demonstration.
Israel Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told The Associated Press that the teen was hit in the leg with a sponge-tipped bullet while throwing stones during the demonstration. He then fell and injured his head, according to reports.
Following news of the teen’s death, protests began in eastern Jerusalem. A Jewish man was injured at the entrance to Wadi Joz after Palestinians threw rocks at his car.
Eastern Jerusalem has been the scene of demonstrations and violence since the beginning of July and the launch of Israel’s military operation Protective Edge.