A Palestinian shot in the stomach Saturday, allegedly by settlers, remained in intensive care Sunday and was transferred to an Israeli hospital in Jerusalem for additional care.
Helmi Abdul-Aziz was moved from a hospital in Nablus to Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem in Jerusalem, the Ynet news website reported Sunday night.
Officials at the hospital said the 24-year-old was in an induced coma and breathing with the help of a machine.
On Saturday, Abdul-Aziz was shot in the stomach during clashes between Palestinians and settlers from the Esh Kodesh outpost outside the West Bank village of Qusra, near Nablus.
An Israeli military official said the bullets that hit him appeared to have been fired by Jewish settlers, because the Israeli forces were not using live ammunition. The official spoke on condition of anonymity, in line with military policy.
Settlers also denied using live ammunition.
Palestinian witnesses said the clashes began when a group of settlers encroached on their village lands and fired guns. They said the settlers chased a Palestinian farmer and his family off the land, prompting the farmer to call on residents to confront the settlers. Men on both sides then hurled rocks at one another. The settlers said the clashes began when Palestinians entered their outpost and began destroying their vineyards.
The Israeli military official said about 200 Palestinians and 25 Jewish settlers took part in the clashes, and Israeli forces dispersed Palestinian protesters using “riot dispersal means.”
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