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Palestinian shot by police in Israel succumbs to wounds

May 25, 2017 9:27 P.M. (Updated: May 26, 2017 2:25 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- A Palestinian man who was shot by Israeli forces on Tuesday after he allegedly stabbed an Israeli police officer in the Israeli city of Netanya, succumbed to his wounds on Thursday.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said in a statement that it was informed by the Palestinian liaison that 45-year-old Muhannad Abd al-Rahman, who was initially reported to be 44 years old, had succumbed to his wounds .

Abd al-Rahman was a resident of the northern occupied West Bank city of Tulkarem, and was shot and detained after he stabbed an Israeli police officer in the neck, lightly wounding the officer.

Israeli police initially reported that Abd al-Rahman sustained "moderate" wounds.

Abd al-Rahman was the 26th Palestinian to have been killed by Israelis since the beginning of 2017, nine of whom were minors. Seven Israelis have been killed by Palestinians during the same time frame.

In July 2016, a Palestinian was killed by Israeli forces allegedly carrying out a stabbing attack at a market in Netanya which left two Israelis wounded.
Rights groups have routinely condemned Israeli authorities for their excessive use of force against Palestinians, during incidents which could have been handled without the use of potentially lethal violence.

According to UN documentation, Israeli forces have injured 781 Palestinians so far in 2017. In 2016, 3,393 Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces.

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