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Palestinian shot by Israel army dies of wounds

By AFP - Jul 31,2022 - Last updated at Jul 31,2022

Mourners carry the flag-draped body of Amjad Nashaat Abu Alia, 16, who was killed a day earlier in clashes with Israeli forces, during his funeral in the village of Al Mughayer, east of the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, on Saturday (AFP photo)

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM — A Palestinian, described as a suspect by the Israeli forces and as mentally disabled by his family, died on Saturday four days after being shot by Israeli soldiers at a checkpoint.

Hussein Qawariq, 59, from the village of Awarta, was shot on Tuesday by Israeli forces manning a checkpoint in Huwara, near the West Bank city of Nablus, the Palestinian health ministry said.

The Israeli forces told AFP that soldiers "spotted a suspect approaching them at a military post" and initially fired in the air after "receiving no response".

"The suspect continued approaching the soldiers who responded with fire toward him. A hit was identified," the army said.

Huwara Mayor Wajih Odeh told AFP Qawariq was "mentally disabled". He "used to collect bottles and cans from the street and ask for money from businesses in the area", he said.

Qawariq’s family too said he had a “mental disorder”, Palestinian news agency WAFA reported. He succumbed to his wounds in the Rabin Medical Centre in Israel, it added.

The Israeli forces said it was looking into the fatal shooting.

At least 54 Palestinians have been killed since late March, mostly in the West Bank. They have included suspected militants and also non-combatants, among them Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, a Palestinian-American dual national, who was covering an Israeli raid in Jenin.

Attacks on Israeli targets have killed 19 people over the same period, most of them civilians killed in attacks inside Israel. Three Arab Israeli attackers have also been killed.

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