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Palestinian dies days after being shot by IDF while nearing West Bank military post

Hussein Qawariq’s family says he had mental disability; military says man failed to respond to warnings; it is probing the incident

File: A military post near the Huwara checkpoint, outside the West Bank city of Nablus, May 17, 2022. (Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90)
File: A military post near the Huwara checkpoint, outside the West Bank city of Nablus, May 17, 2022. (Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90)

An unarmed Palestinian man who was shot by Israeli soldiers earlier this week as he approached a military post near Nablus died Saturday.

Hussein Qawariq, 59, from the West Bank village of Awarta, was shot on Tuesday by Israel Defense Forces troops manning a position in Huwara, near Nablus, the military and Palestinian Authority health ministry said.

The IDF said troops called on Qawariq to stop moving toward their location and fired warning shots into the air. When he failed to heed their warnings, he was shot.

Huwara mayor Wajih Odeh told AFP Qawariq was “mentally disabled.” He “used to collect bottles and cans from the street and ask for money from businesses in the area,” he said.

Qawariq’s family too said he had a “mental disorder,” the official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.

Qawariq was taken to Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva, where he eventually succumbed to his wounds.

The IDF said an investigation into the incident was underway.

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