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Health condition of Palestinian shot by Israeli forces improves

Oct. 23, 2017 5:09 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 24, 2017 12:29 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The health condition of a Palestinian detainee who was shot by Israeli forces last week has improved and been declared as stable, according to the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs.

Lawyer of the committee, Karim Ajweh, said in a statement that Ahmed Nafez al-Masri was being held at the Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem and had regained consciousness.

Al-Masri was shot and critically injured by Israeli forces last week at the Gush Etzion Junction south of Bethlehem in the southern occupied West Bank after he allegedly attempted to commit a stabbing attack against soldiers stationed in the area.

According to Ajweh, al-Masri, who underwent two surgeries, was still being held in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Meanwhile, Israel’s Ofer military court had decided on Sunday to extend al-Masri's detention in absence by 12 days.

A number of Palestinians have been arrested, shot, or killed by Israeli forces for allegedly attempting to carry out attacks or being in possession of a knife at the Gush Etzion junction.

Though Israeli forces have claimed that Palestinians were allegedly attempting to carry out attacks in a majority of instances when Palestinians were killed, rights groups have disputed Israel's version of events in a number of cases, and argued that many alleged attackers could have been subdued in a non-lethal manner.

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