PA: Palestinian man shot by IDF in Nablus dies of wounds
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PA: Palestinian man shot by IDF in Nablus dies of wounds

Jamal Dweikat, 20, was injured in clashes with soldiers Thursday after throwing stones at Jewish worshipers at Joseph’s Tomb

Illustrative photo of soldiers patrolling near Nablus in 2014. (IDF Spokesperson/Flash90)
Illustrative photo of soldiers patrolling near Nablus in 2014. (IDF Spokesperson/Flash90)

The Palestinian Health Ministry says a man wounded in clashes with Israeli soldiers at a flashpoint prayer site in the West Bank has died of his wounds.

Jamal Dweikat succumbed to his wounds on Monday, according to a statement released by the ministry.

The Israel Defense Forces had no immediate comment.

The 20-year-old was among a group of Palestinians who threw stones at Jewish worshipers at Joseph’s Tomb in the northern West Bank city of Nablus on Thursday. He was shot in the ensuing clashes.

The incident sparked violent protests over the weekend after the Palestinian Health Ministry said that Dweikat’s condition had worsened. Demonstrators took to the streets, setting tires on fire and clashing with PA police as they marched on Joseph’s Tomb.

Joseph's Tomb in Nablus. (keveryosef.org)
Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus (keveryosef.org)

Palestinian forces surrounded the shrine and fired tear gas at the crowd, which soon dispersed.

According to Jewish tradition, the biblical Joseph is buried in the tomb, while Muslims say a local sheikh is buried there.

On Sunday evening an Israeli bus traveling near Nablus came under attack from Palestinian protestors, resulting in damage to the vehicle but no injuries.

The IDF said Monday morning the attack was not a shooting incident as initially thought, and that damage to the vehicle was caused when it was struck by ball bearings.

The projectiles shattered the windshield of the Israeli bus but caused no injuries to those inside. The attack occurred on the Hawara highway, near a Palestinian village by the same name, just south of Nablus.

Palestinian protesters throw stones at Israeli security forces at the Hawara checkpoint, south of the West Bank city of Nablus, on October 11, 2015. (Flash90)
Palestinian protesters throw stones at Israeli security forces at the Hawara checkpoint, south of the West Bank city of Nablus, on October 11, 2015. (Flash90)

“In a follow-up to the incident at Hawara last night, it is evident from findings at the scene and forensic testing that the damage to the bus was caused by steel ball bearings that were apparently not fired from a live weapon,” the army said in a statement.

Also Sunday, another bus traveling in the West Bank on a road between the settlement of Adam and the Palestinian village of Hizme came under a hail of stones that damaged the windshield of the vehicle.

The bus driver sustained light injuries, reports said.

The latest incidents came amid an extended lull in the number of attacks after months of near-daily stabbings, car-rammings, and shootings by Palestinians that claimed the lives of 29 Israelis and four non-Israelis. Some 200 Palestinians have also been killed over the same period, the majority of them while carrying out attacks against Israeli civilians or soldiers, and the rest during clashes with troops, according to the Israeli army.

Raoul Wootliff contributed to this report.

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