[Thursday, December 12, 2013] Bethlehem – Palestinian medical sources have reported that a young Palestinian man died, on Thursday morning, of a serious injury suffered after being shot by an Israeli soldier in 2004.The sources said that Ma’in Al-Atrash, 29, from the Deheisha refugee camp, fell into a coma several days ago, due to serious complication.
A month ago, he was moved to the Arab Society Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in Bethlehem, and was later moved to the Al-Maqasid Hospital in Jerusalem, due to the severity of his condition.
He suffered various complications, incuding serious pressure sores, which eventually led to his death despite extensive efforts to provide him with the needed medical attention.
In 2004, Al-Atrash was shot by an Israeli army bullet to the back, hitting his spine and causing paralysis.
He was shot during one of the massive protests in different parts of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, after an Israeli war jet fired a missile at the wheelchair-bound spiritual leader of the Hamas movement, Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, in Gaza on March 22, 2004.
Sheikh Yassin, along with his bodyguards and nine more Palestinian bystanders were killed in the attack, and at least 12 Palestinians were injured. Yassin was heading to a local mosque for dawn prayers.