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Originally published Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 4:20 AM

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Palestinians: Protester dies of wounds

The family of a Palestinian man who was shot in the head two weeks ago by Israeli troops says he has died of his wounds.

The Associated Press

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JERUSALEM —

The family of a Palestinian man who was shot in the head two weeks ago by Israeli troops says he has died of his wounds.

Palestinians say the 22-year-old Mohammed Asfour was struck in the head by a rubber-coated bullet during an anti-Israel demonstration in the West Bank on Feb. 22.

The crowd had been demonstrating in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners held by Israel when clashes erupted. Asfour's cousin, Thaer Shalatwa, says his skull was fractured and he had been suffering from bleeding in the brain.

He says Asfour was treated at a Palestinian hospital before being transferred to an Israeli hospital, where he died on Thursday morning.

The Israeli military says rubber bullets are meant to be "non-lethal" means of dispersing protests. It had no immediate comment.

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