The IDF has launched an investigation into the death of Mustafa Tamimi, the 27-year-old Palestinian who died of severe wounds he sustained after being hit by a gas canister during Friday's weekly protest in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh.
The investigation is being conducted by Military Police, Ynet learned Saturday evening. The Central Command is also looking into the incident.
Eye witnesses said Tamimi, a Nabi Saleh resident, was hit in the eye by a gas canister at close range. Demonstrators also claimed that four other people were lightly hurt in clashes with the IDF.
Tamimi died of his wounds Saturday at the Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva.
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."
For the past two years residents of Nabi Saleh have been holding weekly protests against what they claim is a takeover by settlers of a wellspring owned by the head of the village's council.