Silwan: Palestinian teen hurt in 'Nakba Day' protest dies

Police investigating who shot 17-year-old during violent clashes in east Jerusalem; hospital official says teenager shot in stomach; security forces on high alert as further clashes expected in capital.

May 14, 2011 08:50
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Arab throws back tear gas canister in Silwan

Palestinian throws back tear gas canister Silwan 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS/Nir Elias)

A Palestinian teenager who was shot during protests in Jerusalem died on Saturday, hospital officials said, and Police, expecting further demonstrations, deployed heavily in the streets.

Tensions are high in east Jerusalem as Palestinians prepare for large demonstrations that are expected to take place on Sunday to mark "Nakba Day."

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The 17-year-old had been brought to the hospital on Friday with a gun shot wound, but it was unclear who had shot him and police were investigating, said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.

The clash took place in the neighborhood of Silwan, where, according to witnesses, violence broke out between Palestinian stone throwers, Police and settlers.

An official at Makassed hospital said the teenager had been shot in the stomach.

On Friday, four police officers and up to 11 Palestinians were injured throughout east Jerusalem during demonstrations that broke out.

Thirty-four people were arrested for disturbing the peace and intending to use Molotov cocktails, police said.

According to police, four police and Border Police officers were injured from stones thrown at them in several eastern neighborhoods of the city, including Silwan, Issawiya, Ras a-Mud, Shuafat and at the Kalandia checkpoint. One officer was evacuated to hospital for treatment while the others were treated on the scene. All were listed in light condition.

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