Palestinian gunman dies days after clash with Israeli troops
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — A Palestinian sniper, brother of a prominent Palestinian activist, died Sunday after being seriously injured in clashes with Israeli forces, according to the Israeli hospital where he was being treated.
Daoud Zubeidi was injured Friday in clashes with the Israeli army in the West Bank city of Jenin. Zubeidi is the brother of Zakaria Zubeidi, an imprisoned Palestinian activist who briefly became one of Israel’s most wanted fugitives after being released from a maximum security prison last year. He was eventually arrested and sent back to prison.
Police said a 47-year-old member of a special Israeli commando unit was killed in the clashes.
Daoud Zubeidi was taken to Israel‘s Rambam Hospital where he was sedated and put on a ventilator and pronounced dead on Sunday.
Israel has been carrying out raids in Jenin and other parts of the West Bank for weeks following a series of Palestinian attacks on Israelis that killed nearly 20 people. More than 30 Palestinians were killed, most involved in attacks or clashes with the army. An unarmed woman and two apparent bystanders were also among those killed and rights groups say Israel often uses excessive force.
It was during raids in Jenin on Wednesday that famed Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed after being shot in the head.
Palestinians, including fellow journalists who accompanied her, say she was killed by Israeli fire. The Israeli army claims there was an exchange of fire with Palestinian gunmen at the time, and it is unclear who fired the fatal bullet.
Abu Akleh was laid to rest Friday in Jerusalem in a mass funeral in which Israeli police pushed and beat mourners and pallbearers. Israeli police said they would investigate the incident.
Abu Akleh’s death and the shocking scenes at his funeral have prompted worldwide condemnation and calls for an investigation into his murder.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who said there was a “considerable chance” that Abu Akleh would be killed by Palestinian gunmen, said on Sunday he was standing behind soldiers operating in Jenin.
“The State of Israel places no limits on the fight against terrorism,” he told a cabinet meeting. “We will continue in all necessary actions to ensure security for Israeli citizens.”