JERUSALEM – Aviad Mantsur, 16, who sustained critical injuries in Friday’s shooting attack at a West Bank junction died from his wounds at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein-Kerem hospital Sunday morning.
Mantsur’s friend, Avichai Levy, 17, was also murdered in the attack.
The youngster was taken to hospital in very serious condition and had to be resuscitated en route to Hadassah. Mantsur was battling for his life over the weekend, but his condition took several turns for the worse and eventually he succumbed to his wounds.
Father prayed for son
Mantsur’s relative, Yochai Damari, said the boy was able to call his parents after the attack and tell them what had happened.
“He ran away and hid from the shooting, but sustained many shots to his lower body,” Damari said.
Mantsur's father, who was staying at the hospital with him, was praying for his son over the weekend, for no avail. Sunday morning, the father returned alone to the family home.
Meanwhile, Avichai Levy’s funeral procession will get under way Sunday afternoon. Funeral participants are planning to pass by the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem wearing orange shirts and protest against the pullout and against goodwill gestures to the Palestinians.
Hitchhiking posts to be reinforced
Following the attack, IDF Central Command Head Yair Naveh ordered that hitchhiking posts located at sensitive West Bank roads be reinforced. Army officials said they recently informed settlers of the risk involved in using the Beit Haggai hitchhiking post.
The number of people using the station declined as a result of the warning, the officials said, but added the army cannot forbid settlers from using it.
Meanwhile, the National Union party slammed the government over the shooting attack.
“This is a direct result of the government’s policy to remove IDF forces from Hebron,” the party said in a statement. “Preparations to hand over Bethlehem to the Palestinians would also boost terror against us.”