Palestinian Protester Shot by Israeli Army Last Week Dies of Wounds

23-year-old Ahmad Hikmat Seif was at a protest march in the West Bank town of Burqa in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners when he was shot by the Israeli military

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23-year-old Ahmad Hikmat Seif succumbed to his wounds on Wednesday.
Jack Khoury
Jack Khoury

A 23-year-old Palestinian shot by the Israeli army during a protest march in the West Bank last week succumbed to his wounds, Palestinian media reported on Wednesday.

Ahmad Hikmat Seif was evacuated to hospital on Tuesday last week after he was wounded by gunshots in the stomach and back during a demonstration in support of Palestinian prisoners in the village of Burqa, local sources said.

Burqa and nearby villages in the northern West Bank have become flash points for violence in the last few months, amid renewed attempts by Israelis to reestablish the West Bank settlement of Homesh.

The bid to reestablish the settlement, which was dismantled in 2005, has been spurred by the murder of 25-year-old yeshiva student Yehuda Dimentman, who was killed in an ambush by Palestinians in December.

Since the settlement was evacuated, Israel has outlawed the presence of Israeli civilians at the site, but thousands of Israelis have been visiting the area since the killing, with several carrying out attacks against local Palestinians.

The fate of the last remaining structure in Homesh, the yeshiva, currently rests in the hands of Defense Minister Benny Gantz.

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