Palestinian dies week after shot during clashes with troops

Dia al-Sabarini, 25, reportedly a member of al-Aqsa Martyr’s Brigades terror group, wounded in gunfight with Border Police during Jenin arrest raid on August 3

Palestinians carry the body of Dia al-Sabarini, 25, during his funeral in the West Bank city of Nablus on August 11, 2021. (JAAFAR ASHTIYEH / AFP)
Palestinians carry the body of Dia al-Sabarini, 25, during his funeral in the West Bank city of Nablus on August 11, 2021. (JAAFAR ASHTIYEH / AFP)

A Palestinian man said to be a member of a terror group died Wednesday, a week after being wounded during a gunbattle with Israeli forces.

Dia al-Sabarini, 25, was seriously wounded in the northern city of Jenin on August 3, sources said.

Sabarini was identified on social media as a member of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, the armed wing of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement. Photos of him shared online showed him brandishing an automatic rifle.

The group did not make a public statement on Sabarini’s death, but some banners announcing his death carried the group’s logo.

Hundreds of mourners attended his funeral, carrying his body through central Nablus Wednesday.

Five other Palestinians were wounded in the same clashes after troops and Border Police officers entered Jenin in an arrest raid, according to Palestinian medics.

Israeli police said at the time that members of its counterterrorism unit, known by its Hebrew acronym Yamam, “neutralized a number of terrorists” who had opened fire at troops.

Forces came under “massive fire” during the operations, police said.

The attackers also hurled explosive devices, Molotov cocktails and rocks at the troops, police said.

The statement did not provide any further details about the arrest operation, the nature of the activities, what the suspects were wanted for, or whether any of those shot had been targeted for arrest.

Overnight Israeli arrest raids in West Bank towns are frequently met with fierce resistance from local Palestinians, though the use of live gunfire against troops is rare.

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