Palestinian injured in Nabi Saleh protest dies

December 9, 2011 18:23

Activist Mustafa Tamimi, 28, dies after being hit in the face with IDF gas canister during protest.

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Nabi Saleh Palestinian protest, gas canisters

Nabi Saleh Palestinian protest, gas canisters_311. (photo credit:Reuters)

A Palestinian protester who was apparently hit in the face with a gas canister during a protest in the West Bank town of Nebi Saleh died of his wounds in The Rabin Medical Center-Beilinson Campus, Petah Tikva Saturday morning.

According to activists, 28-year-old Mustafa Tamimi sustained serious injuries to his head when IDF forces attempting to disperse a demonstration in the town fired a projectile in his direction. The IDF is investigating the incident.

Tamimi (left) a moment before his injury; ; Emphasis on barrels added by Popular Struggle Coordination Committee.

The IDF transferred the injured man to The Rabin Medical Center-Beilinson Campus in Petah Tikva after he was treated by on-site IDF medics.

One witness said Tamimi was in very bad condition, writing that "his face is half gone," according to Ma'an News Agency.

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Another activist claimed that Tamini was hit after he was seen throwing stones at an IDF jeep.

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Tamimi was due to undergo surgery at Belinson Friday evening, according to activist group the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee.

The Palestinian town of Nabi Saleh - near the West Bank Israeli settlement of Halamish - is the site of weekly Friday protests.

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