Palestinian gunman dies days after clash with Israeli troops

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TEL AVIV, Israel – A Palestinian gunman who is the brother of a prominent Palestinian militant died on Sunday after being seriously wounded in clashes with Israeli forces, according to the Israeli hospital where he was being treated.

Daoud Zubeidi was wounded in clashes with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank city of Jenin on Friday. Zubeidi is the brother of Zakaria Zubeidi, an imprisoned Palestinian militant who briefly became one of Israel’s most wanted fugitives after being released from a high-security prison last year. He was eventually caught and returned to prison.

Police said a 47-year-old member of a special Israeli commando unit was killed in those clashes.

Daoud Zubeidi was taken to Israel’s Rambam hospital, where he was sedated and on a ventilator and where he was pronounced dead on Sunday.

Israel has been carrying out attacks 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 of them involved in attacks or clashes with the military. An unarmed woman and two apparent bystanders were also among the dead and rights groups say Israel often uses excessive force.

It was during the attacks in Jenin on Wednesday that well-known Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed after being shot in the head.

Palestinians, including fellow journalists who were with her, say she was killed by Israeli gunfire. The Israeli military says there was an exchange of fire with Palestinian snipers at the time, and it is unclear who fired the fatal bullet.

Abu Akleh was buried on Friday in Jerusalem in a mass funeral in which Israeli police shoved and beat mourners and coffin bearers. Israeli police said they will conduct an investigation into the incident.

Abu Akleh’s death and the shocking scenes of his funeral drew condemnations from around the world and demanded an investigation into his murder.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who said there was a “considerable chance” that Abu Akleh was killed by Palestinian snipers, said on Sunday that he supported soldiers operating in Jenin.

“The State of Israel imposes no limits on the fight against terrorism,” he told a meeting of his cabinet. “We will continue to take all necessary actions to provide security for Israeli citizens.”

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