Thursday, March 7, 2013

Ramallah man dies of injuries sustained in clashes

Ramallah man dies of injuries sustained in clashes | Maan News Agency
Published today (updated) 07/03/2013 14:54
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Mohammad Asfour, 22, died on Thursday morning of wounds sustained in clashes two weeks ago, medical officials said.

The incident occurred during protests in support of a hunger strike by four Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

Clashes erupted in Abud village north of Ramallah and Asfour sustained injuries to the head including bleeding in his brain. He was in a coma, and transferred to an Israeli hospital in critical condition.

Asfour was a student in the sports department in Al-Quds University in Abu Dis.

Asfour's family said he would be buried on Friday.

Hamas said Asfour was one of its members.

The Israeli military had no immediate comment on his death.

A surge in violence in the West Bank over the past several weeks has raised concern in Israel that a new Palestinian uprising could erupt. The violence largely subsided last week after Israel indicated it was likely to release two of the hunger-strikers in May and they ended their protest.

Reuters contributed to this report.