Palestinian Elderly Dies of Injuries Sustained by Israeli Gunfire Last Week

A Palestinian elderly suffering of mental health disturbances died on Friday evening of injuries he sustained by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) last Tuesday.

Hussein Kawarik, 60, was shot and seriously injured at Hawara checkpoint to the south of Nablus, in the northern occupied West Bank, before being proclaimed dead on Friday.

The elderly was collecting empty bottles when IOF soldiers stationed at Hawara checkpoint opened fire at him for allegedly trying to throw a Molotov cocktail at the checkpoint.

Following the incident, Palestinian movement was banned in both directions. 

Palestinian ambulance crews were denied access to the area to provide medical treatment to the injured, who was later transferred by an Israeli ambulance.

Khaled, Kawarik’s brother, told Palestinian media that his brother died at Rabin Medical Center in Tel Aviv where he had been receiving badly needed medical treatment after he was shot and critically injured by Israeli occupation soldiers at Huwwara military checkpoint, south of Nablus, on Tuesday.

The Ministry of Health also said it was informed by the Civil Affairs Authority about the man’s death at the Israeli hospital.

His family confirmed that he was suffering psychiatric disturbances prior to the Israeli shooting attack.

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