Tel Aviv, Israel (AFP) – An armed Palestinian brother of a prominent Palestinian activist died Sunday after being seriously wounded in clashes with Israeli forces, according to the Israeli hospital he was taken to.
Daoud Al-Zubaidi was injured, on Friday, in clashes with the Israeli army in the West Bank city of Jenin. Al-Zubaidi is the brother of Zakaria Al-Zobeidi, an imprisoned Palestinian who briefly became one of Israel’s most wanted fugitives after escaping last year through a high-security prison tunnel. He was eventually caught and sent back to prison.
Daoud Zubeidi was taken to Rambam Hospital in Israel, where he was sedated and placed on a ventilator. He was confirmed dead there on Sunday.
Israel has launched raids in Jenin and other parts of the West Bank in recent weeks following a series of Palestinian attacks on Israelis that have killed nearly 20 people. More than 30 Palestinians were killed, most of them involved in attacks or clashes with the army. Among the dead were an apparently unarmed woman and two bystanders, and rights groups say Israel frequently uses excessive force.
And in the raids on Jenin on Wednesday, the well-known Al-Jazeera correspondent, Sherine Abu Oqla, was killed after she was shot in the head.
Palestinians, including other journalists who were with them, say he was killed by Israeli fire. The Israeli military said there was an exchange of fire with Palestinian militants at the time, and it was not clear who fired the shot.
Abu Akleh was buried on Friday in Jerusalem in a mass funeral, during which Israeli police pushed and beat mourners and coffin bearers. The Israeli police said they would investigate the incident.
Abu Akla’s death and the horrific pictures of her funeral sparked international condemnation and calls for an investigation into the causes of the journalist’s death.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who said there was a “high chance” that Abu Akleh was killed by Palestinian attackers, on Sunday expressed his support for soldiers operating in Jenin.
He said at a meeting of his government that “the State of Israel does not place any restrictions on the fight against terrorism.” “We will continue all necessary measures to provide security for Israeli citizens,” he added.
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