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19-year-old shot by Israeli forces dies in hospital

July 31, 2008 9:26 A.M. (Updated: July 31, 2008 9:26 A.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Yousif Ahmad Amira, who was shot on Wednesday by Israeli forces in Ni'lin, died on Monday, Palestinian medical sources said.

The 19-year-old went into a coma on Wednesday evening with life threatening injuries after being shot twice in the head by Israeli soldiers in Ni'lin, a village West of Ramallah, medical sources told Ma'an on Wednesday.

On Thursday the boy was declaired clinically dead, and remained on life support in a coma until he succumed to his injuries.

Amira was shot twice with rubber coated steel bullets from close range by Israeli border guards during the funeral procession of 10-year-old, Ahmad Husam Mousa, who was shot and killed in the village during a previous demonstration against the wall.

Palestinian medical sources at the governmental hospital in Ramallah said that Amira arrived to the hospital and was later determined to be clinically dead. The boy's heart stopped on Monday.

Aiman Nafe', Mayor of Ni'lin said that six other young men were shot during the funeral procession but their injuries were not life threatening.

After Yousif was shot sources in the village said that running battles broke out between Israeli soldiers and local men at around 5:30pm after villagers built barricades blocking the main street into the village. As a response the Israelis increased their numbers at the entrance of the village before using a bulldozer to destroy barricades and throwing sound bombs and tear gas grenades and opening fire on the crowd.

There have been regular demonstrations in Ni'lin in recent weeks against the building of the sepraration wall near the village, which will confiscate residents' land. These protests have made Ni'lin a target for Israeli military actions, which have seen many injured and one killed.

***updated Monday 4 August 2008, 12:01pm
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