Ramallah man dies of injuries sustained in clashes

10:00 Mar 7 2013 Abud

Ramallah man dies of injuries sustained in clashes
A man holds placards depicting Mohammed Asfour, 22, as another man
mourns outside a hospital morgue in Ramallah, March 7.
(Reuters/Mohamad Torokman)

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A 22-year-old Palestinian died on Thursday morning of wounds sustained in clashes with Israeli forces two weeks ago, medical officials said.

Mohammad Asfour was shot during protests in support of a hunger strike by four Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

Clashes erupted in Abud village north of Ramallah and Asfour sustained injuries to the head including bleeding in his brain. He was in a coma, and transferred to an Israeli hospital in critical condition.

Asfour was a student in the sports department in Al-Quds University in Abu Dis. His family said he would be buried on Friday.

Hamas said Asfour was one of its members.

Asked about the circumstances of Asfour's death, the Israeli military said it was "investigating an alleged incident that took place at a violent and illegal riot".

A surge in violence in the West Bank over the past several weeks has raised concern in Israel that a new Palestinian uprising could erupt. The violence largely subsided last week after Israel indicated it was likely to release two of the hunger-strikers in May and they ended their protest.

Reuters contributed to this report.
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