Injured Palestinian man dies

Palestinian protester Mustafa Tamimi (L) reacting in pain after he was hit in the face by a tear gas canister fired by an Israeli soldier during a rally in the village of Nabi Saleh on December 9.
A Palestinian man who was hit with a direct shot from a tear gas canister fired by an Israeli soldier has died of his wounds, medics say.

Mustafa Tamimi, 28, lost his life, from severe brain damage, at an Israeli hospital near Tel Aviv on Saturday, AP reported.

The activist was shot in the face with an Israeli tear gas canister on Friday during a rally in the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh, some 10 kilometers northwest of the city of Ramallah in the West Bank.

The incident took place after Israeli troops opened fire on a group of Palestinians protesting the occupation of their lands by Jewish settlers in the West Bank.

“Half of his face was destroyed, pretty much. It looked really, really bad and he lost a lot of blood,” said Lazar Simeonov, a photographer that was in the village when Tamimi was injured.

Palestinians have held weekly rallies in the region for the past few years to protest Jewish settlers’ activity in the area.

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

( / 10.12.2011)

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