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Palestinian succumbs to wounds sustained in a 2002 Israeli raid

Nov. 4, 2016 6:48 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 5, 2016 12:44 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man succumbed to wounds on Thursday that he sustained during a raid by Israeli forces in Nablus city in 2002.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors settlement activity in the northern occupied West Bank, told Ma’an that Raed Fouad Hijjeh, 38, had been hit with bullet shrapnel in the arm and head, in addition to suffering from severe tear gas inhalation during the 2002 raid.

Hijjeh, who was just 24 at the time he was injured, was a former member of Palestinian security forces and a resident of the Nablus area village of Burqa.

Following his injuries, Hijjeh had permanently lost his ability to walk, talk or move, and was constantly undergoing treatment in hospitals for more than a decade.

Hijjeh was pronounced dead at the National Hospital in Nablus on Thursday.

While Israeli army regulations only permit the use of live fire on Palestinians when Israeli soldiers are considered to be in imminent danger, they often open fire on Palestinians indiscriminately as a “crowd control” tactic during military raids.

Israeli police and soldiers have come under heavy criticism by rights groups for excessive use of force against Palestinians who did not pose an immediate threat or who could have been disarmed through nonviolent means.

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