Palestinian Dies of Israeli Bullet Wounds

Palestinians hold Israel responsible for the death of a 25-year-old Hebron (al-Khalil) resident injured by Israeli bullets last month.

Israeli soldiers had shot Ubayda Dweik several times on his chest and feet on Aug. 26 claiming he attempted to stab an Israeli soldier.

Dweik died on Sunday morning in an Israeli hospital where he was taken after being shot. He remained in a critical condition from day one till the end of his life, his family said, adding that they as well as the deceased’s lawyer were not permitted to visit him in the hospital.

Following Dweik’s death, the Palestinian Prisoners Society released a statement, holding Israeli authorities accountable for his death.

Mo’taz al-Qudsy, the brother of Dweik, demanded an official probe into the incident, and voiced an appeal to the International Red Cross to be more involved in detainees’ issues.

Hamas spokesperson, Fawzi Barhoum, described the death of Dweik as an ‘ugly crime’ committed by the Zionist forces. "Israeli leaders must be prosecuted for war crimes. Such crimes should at least catch the attention of the International Community to closely observe the daily suffering of the Palestinian people," he said.

The Palestinian Ministry of Detainees also reported on Sunday that the number of Palestinian political prisoners who have died in Israeli prisons since 1967 is more than 197. The ministry added that 70 detainees had died during interrogation after being violently tortured.

It added that another 70 detainees were executed after they were kidnapped by the army, and 49 detainees died after being denied access to proper medical treatment.

(Press TV)

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