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Palestinian shot by Israeli forces last month succumbs to wounds

June 19, 2016 9:44 P.M. (Updated: June 23, 2016 5:00 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma’an) -- A young Palestinian man died on Sunday evening after succumbing to wounds he sustained when Israeli forces shot him during clashes in his hometown of Sair in the southern occupied West Bank, his family told Ma’an.

Arif Jaradat, 22, who had Down syndrome, was shot by Israeli soldiers with a live bullet to his abdomen on May 4 when clashes erupted after Israeli forces stormed the Ras al-Aroud area of Sair in Hebron.

Ma’an reported at the time that Jaradat had sustained “moderate” injuries, and was taken to al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron city for treatment.

The Jaradat family said on Sunday that his funeral would be held on Monday at the “martyrs” cemetery in Sair.

Jaradat is one of more than 200 Palestinians, including at least a dozen residents of Sair, to be killed by Israeli forces or settlers since October, many of whom were killed while carrying out individual attacks on Israeli military and settlers, while others died during clashes or unconfirmed circumstances.

The Hebron district in particular grew as a flashpoint during the unrest, and the Israeli military has shut down movement in large portions of the district, including Sair. Many restrictions have since been lifted but sporadic closures continue.
Israeli forces have come under repeated criticism for excessive use of force as well as lethal methods of crowd control that often result in death or injury of protesters.

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