Palestinian, 15, Dies of Wounds From Clashes With the Israeli Army, Health Ministry Says

Adi Akram Abu Halil was seriously wounded in the abdomen during the Nakba Day clashes. This brings death toll in Nakba Day protests to 63

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Clashes in Ramallah on Nakba Day, May 2018.
Clashes in Ramallah on Nakba Day, May 2018.Credit: Nasser Nasser/AP
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A Palestinian boy, 15, died of his wounds Wednesday after being seriously wounded by a live bullet eight days ago in clashes with the Israeli army in Ramallah, the Palestinian Ministry of Health reported.

Adi Akram Abu Halil, 15.

The teenager, identified as Adi Akram Abu Halil, was from the West Bank village of Ein Siniya. He had been shot in the abdomen, and was first taken to a government hospital in Ramallah, but was transferred to the university hospital in Nablus due to the complexity of his wounds, where he was pronounced dead.

Abu Halil was wounded during protests last week against the U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem and Nakba Day in which more than 60 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces, and more than 2,800 demonstrators were wounded, including 1,300 wounded by Israeli live ammunition.

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The deadliest protests took place near the Gaza-Israel border. At the same time, hundreds of Palestinians demonstrated to mark Nakba Day in several locations throughout the West Bank. Protesters were dispersed by Israeli soldiers using riot gear equipment.   

Following the protest events on the Gaza border, the UN Security Council met for an emergency session. U.S. Ambassador to Israel Nikki Haley said that "no country would act with more restraint than Israel." Haley then walked out of the session when the Palestinian envoy, Riyad Mansour, began to speak.

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