Mustafa Tamimi, a Palestinian protestor who was seriously hurt
after being hit by a gas grenade during Friday's weekly protest in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, died of his wounds Saturday at the Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva.
Military medical teams, as well as medics from the adjacent Neve Tsuf settlement, attended to him on the scene before rushing him to the Israeli hospital.
Eye witnesses said Tamimi, a Nabi Saleh resident in his 30s, was hit in the eye by a gas grenade at close range. The demonstrators also claimed that four other people were lightly hurt in clashes with the IDF.
Nabi Saleh protest, Friday (Photo: Haim Schwartzenberg)
A resident of the Neve Tsuf settlement recounted the events. "A medical team from the community was called in to the village after one of the prominent Palestinian activists was hit in the head. He was taken to hospital after resuscitation attempts."
The IDF Spokesperson's Office said Friday that "100 Palestinians protested in Nabi Saleh and hurled stones at the security forces, who responded with crowd dispersal means.
"We received a report that one of the protestors was injured in the head, treated and evacuated by an IDF forces to an Israeli hospital. The details of the incident are being looked into."
Palestinian Authority spokesman Rassan Khatib condemned the clash, saying that the PA "is holding Israel responsible for the crime."
Khatib called on the international community to make efforts "to stop the Israeli army's brutal acts against nonviolent Palestinian protesters."
Neri Brenner contributed to this report