A former Palestinian prisoner has succumbed to his wounds after he was shot and critically injured by Israeli forces during violent clashes in the occupied West Bank.
Palestine’s official Wafa news agency, citing medical sources, reported that Daoud al-Zubaidi, 43, was pronounced dead on Sunday after he was struck with Israeli bullets during a raid on the Jenin refugee camp two days ago.
On Friday, Israeli forces once again raided the Jenin camp, hours before the funeral of veteran Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was fatally shot by the regime’s troops as she was covering one of Israeli military’s raids on the camp, triggering violent confrontations with local residents.
Israeli troops opened live fire and shot rubber-coated bullets at young Palestinians, who were attempting to block their passage, injuring six people, including Zubaidi.
The former Palestinian detainee was then transferred to a nearby hospital to receive medical treatment, but after critical deterioration in his health condition, he was transferred to Rambam hospital in the northern city of Haifa later in the day.
On Saturday, Zubeidi’s family said they were informed by Israeli authorities that their son was under the regime’s custody despite his critical health condition.
The slain Palestinian is the brother of Zakaria Zubeidi, a former commander of the al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade in Jenin who escaped from Israel’s high security Gilboa prison in September last year, along with five Islamic Jihad members. The six were recaptured a few days later.
Israel has stepped up its deadly aggression across Palestinian territories since the start of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, causing Palestinians to ramp up their resistance operations in response.
Israeli prime minister Naftali Bennett has already given Israeli forces a free hand to “defeat” what he called “terror” in the West Bank.
The latest development comes as thousands of people have taken to the streets worldwide to hold mass rallies in commemoration of the 74th anniversary of 'Nakba', or Catastrophe Day and to condemn the recent killing of veteran Palestinian journalist Abu Akleh by Israeli forces.
Abu Akleh was hit by a live bullet on Wednesday while covering an Israeli raid against the city of Jenin. She was rushed to the hospital and was declared dead shortly afterward.
Ahead of her funeral on Friday, the Israeli regime imposed a number of restrictions, including on the number of mourners attending the service and the use of Palestinian flags and posters.