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Palestinian shot by Israeli forces in Hebron succumbs to wounds

Oct. 10, 2015 10:54 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 11, 2015 12:10 P.M.)
Israeli border guards clash with Palestinian youths outside the Ofer military prison, near the West Bank village of Betunia, on September 17, 2015. (AFP/Abbas Momani/File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A young Palestinian man on Saturday succumbed to wounds sustained two days earlier during clashes with Israeli forces in the southern occupied West Bank, hospital doctors told Ma'an.

Israeli forces shot 27-year-old Ibrahim Ahmad Mustafa Aoud in the head with a rubber-coated steel bullet during clashes in Beit Ummar north of Hebron on Thursday.

Hospital doctors said he died at around 7 p.m. on Saturday "due to severe head trauma."

Aoud's death brings the total number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces since Oct. 1 to 21, of whom 14 were fatally wounded during clashes.

At least three Palestinians were shot and injured during a protest at the entrance to Beit Ummar on Thursday.

A local popular committee spokesperson, Muhammad Awad, told Ma'an that Israeli forces fired live and rubber-coated steel bullets during the clashes.

He said that Israeli soldiers had confiscated a Palestinian's warehouse in the area and turned it into a makeshift military barracks.

Israeli rights group B'Tselem has criticized the "misconception" that rubber-coated steel bullets are non-lethal.

"The permission to fire potentially lethal rubber-coated steel bullets at Palestinians to disperse 'violent riots' or demonstrations has led to the deaths of dozens of Palestinians," the rights group has said.

It has also stressed that Israeli open-fire regulations only allow for rubber-coated steel bullets to be fired "at the individual's legs," although Israeli forces frequently ignore this.

Fierce clashes have swept the occupied Palestinian territory since the beginning of October after weeks of mounting tensions.

On Saturday, another six Palestinians, including Aoud, lost their lives, including two boys, aged 13 and 15, in the Gaza Strip.

Two of the Palestinians were shot dead after they carried out stabbing attacks outside Jerusalem's Old City, wounding four Israelis, including two policemen.

A further 174 Palestinians were shot and injured with live and rubber-coated steel bullets across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem on Saturday, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent.
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