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Qalandiya resident succumbs to wounds sustained in army raid

March 15, 2016 2:59 P.M. (Updated: March 15, 2016 10:02 P.M.)
Israeli security forces take position at Qalandiya checkpoint during clashes with Palestinian protesters (AFP/File)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man from Qalandiya refugee camp on Tuesday succumbed to wounds he sustained two weeks earlier during a ferocious Israeli raid into the camp that left another Palestinian dead and at least 11 others wounded.

The family of 24-year-old Nahid Fawzi Imteir told Ma'an he had passed away in Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem.

Imteir was shot and fatally wounded on March 1 when large numbers of Israeli forces stormed the refugee camp near Ramallah in order to extract two soldiers.

The Israeli army did not explain why the two soldiers entered the camp, although Israeli media reports suggested they entered accidentally after getting lost.

The two fled on foot when their vehicle was set ablaze by Molotov cocktails, prompting Israeli troops to flood the camp searching for them.

Locals said that Palestinian gunmen held the two soldiers for three hours before an Israeli military helicopter evacuated them, although the Israeli army made no mention of gunmen.

During the ensuing clashes, Israelis soldiers shot and killed 22-year-old Iyad Omar Sajadiyya, while Imteir was one of at least 12 other Palestinians left wounded. Four were hit with live fire, six with rubber-coated steel bullets, and two with high-velocity tear gas canisters.

Israeli media reported that five Israeli soldiers and five border police were also injured.

At least 11 residents of the refugee camp have now been shot dead by Israeli forces since a wave of unrest swept the occupied Palestinian territory in October, around half of whom were killed while allegedly attempting to carry out attacks.
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