Palestinian assailant dies days after clash with Israeli troops

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

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

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

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

Israel has been conducting raids in Jenin and other parts of the West Bank for weeks following a series of Palestinian attacks on Israelis that have killed nearly 20 people. More than 30 Palestinians have been killed, most of them 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 the raids 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 army says 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 in Jerusalem on Friday in a mass funeral in which Israeli police pushed and beat mourners and pallbearers. Israeli police said they would carry out an investigation into the incident.

Abu Akleh’s death and the shocking scenes from his funeral sparked worldwide condemnation and calls for an investigation into his murder.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who said there was a “considerable probability” that Abu Akleh would be killed by Palestinian gunmen, said on Sunday that he was 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 provide security for Israeli citizens.”

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