February 12, 2010 - 1:00am

A 41-year-old Palestinian resident of the West Bank city Hebron died of his wounds after he was shot and critically wounded by Israeli soldiers' gunfire on Friday afternoon, medical sources and witnesses said.

The sources said Fayez Farraj was critically wounded after Israeli soldiers opened fire at him in the neighborhood of Bab el- Zawya.

They said he died in a hospital a few hours later. However, the Israeli army said Farraj had tried to stab an Israeli soldier in the neighborhood by a knife he was carrying.

However, witnesses said Farraj was walking with one of his children in the neighborhood when an Israeli soldier opened fire and seriously wounded him, adding that the soldiers prevented a Palestinian ambulance from offering first aid to the wounded father.

The Israeli soldiers later carried Farraj to a hospital in the city which is under the Israeli security forces' control, and then he was transferred to an Israeli hospital and died, his body was then sent back to Hebron's hospital.

Following Farraj's death, clashes erupted in the city between dozens of young men and Israeli soldiers. They threw stones at the soldiers, who fired tear gas canisters to disperse the protestors.


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