A Palestinian, described as a suspect by the Israeli army and mentally disabled by his family, died on Saturday four days after being shot by Israeli soldiers at a checkpoint.
Israeli forces manning a checkpoint in Huwara, near the West Bank city of Nablus, shot and killed Hussein Qawariq, 59, from the village of Awarta, the Palestinian health ministry said.
The Israeli army told AFP that “soldiers saw a suspect approaching them at a military post” and first fired into the air “without getting any response”.
“The suspect continued to approach the soldiers who responded with fire. A hit has been identified,” the army said.
Huwara mayor Wajih Odeh said AFP Qawariq was “mentally disabled”. He used to “collect bottles and cans from the street and ask for money from businesses in the area”, he said.
Qawariq’s family also said he had a “mental disorder,” Palestinian news agency WAFA reported. He succumbed to his wounds at Rabin Medical Center in Israel, he said.
The military said they were looking into the fatal shooting.
At least 54 Palestinians have been killed since the end of March, mostly in the West Bank.
They included suspected militants as well as non-combatants, including Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, a dual Palestinian-American national, who was covering an Israeli raid in Jenin.
19 people were killed in attacks on Israeli targets in the same period, most of them civilians killed in attacks inside Israel. Three Israeli Arab attackers were also killed.
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