A Palestinian official said Sunday that a 21-year-old Palestinian man, Raed Al-Salihi, has died of wounds he incurred during an arrest by Israeli soldiers in August.
According to Issa Qaraqe, head of the Palestinian Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs, Salihi, who was a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terror group, was arrested in his home in the Deheishe refugee camp near Bethlehem on August 9.
During his arrest, Salihi was reportedly shot and critically wounded by IDF soldiers. Qaraqe said in a statement that Salihi was shot five times at close range.
He was being treated at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem.
A spokesperson for the hospital confirmed Salihi’s death.
The IDF said Salihi was shot because he tried to escape.
Salihi was arrested “on suspicion of involvement in the activities of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a terror organization, and participation in violent riots,” a military spokesperson said in a statement.
“When IDF troops arrived at his house, a chase ensued,” the statement continued. “Forces carried out routine procedure for apprehending a suspect, and shot toward Salihi. The suspect was wounded and received medical treatment on the spot, before being evacuated to the Hadassah Hospital for further treatment.”
An image of Salihi holding a PFLP flag was shared widely on Palestinian media.
الجبهة الشعبية لتحرير فلسطين تنعى الأسير الشهيد رائد الصالحي (21) عاماً من مخيم الدهيشة ببيت لحم والذي ارتقى متأثراً بجروح أصيب بها pic.twitter.com/D0InRoZbRN
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The PFLP’s armed wing, the Abu Ali Mustapha Brigades, said it “mourned” the death of the “heroic fallen fighter Raed Al-Salihi,” in a statement published on its website.
Since October 2015, mainly Palestinian assailants have killed 48 Israelis, two visiting Americans, a Palestinian man and a British student, in stabbing, shooting and vehicular attacks. In that time, some 294 Palestinians or Arab Israeli were killed by Israeli fire, a majority of them attackers, according to authorities.
AFP contributed to this report.