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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Palestinian demonstrator killed by IDF in West Bank protest

  • Published 10:59 10.12.11
  • Latest update 10:59 10.12.11

Mustafa Tamimi, 28, died of his wounds after being hit by a teargas canister fired by Israeli security forces in the village of Nabi Saleh.

By Nir Hasson and The Associated Press

Activists say a Palestinian protester who was injured by Israel forces has died of his wounds.

Israeli pro-Palestinian activist Jonathan Pollack says the 28-year-old protester, Mustafa Tamimi, died in an Israeli hospital Saturday from severe brain damage. Tamimi's relative Mahmoud Tamimi also confirmed his death.

Nabi Saleh - AP - December 2, 2011 An Israeli border policeman fires tear gas at Palestinian protesters during a demonstration in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh near Ramallah, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011.
Photo by: AP

Protesters say Tamimi was hit in the face Friday with a gas canister fired by Israeli forces in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. An Israeli military spokeswoman said they are investigating the incident.

Palestinians have held weekly demonstrations there for the past few years to protest Jewish settler activity in the area.

The Israeli rights group Btselem says Tamimi is the 20th person to be killed at similar West Bank demonstrations over the past eight years.

Tamimi was rushed to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva on Friday, where he died from his wounds on Saturday.

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