A Palestinian man critically wounded in clashes with Israeli forces near Beit Ummar in the West Bank has died of his wounds, the Palestinian Authority Health Ministry reports.
The ministry identifies the deceased as Shawkat Khalid Owad, 20, a Beit Ummar resident. Although he was rushed to a local hospital after being shot, he died from wounds in his head and stomach induced by live bullets, it says.
The violent confrontations between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians erupted during the funeral of 12-year-old Mohammad al-Alaami, who was killed by apparent Israeli gunfire while sitting in his father’s car near the entrance to Beit Ummar.
The Israeli military said last night that troops spotted a car carrying suspects they believed had recently buried a baby. Soldiers sought to arrest the suspects and called for the car to halt; when it did not, one soldier fired at the car wheel, the army said.
The boy was apparently killed in the shooting. The army says it is looking into the matter.