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Palestinian wounded in clash with Israelis dies in hospital

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JERUSALEM, March 7 (Reuters) - A Palestinian shot by Israeli soldiers during a confrontation with stone-throwers in the occupied West Bank two weeks ago died of his wounds on Thursday, his family and a hospital official said.

The incident occurred during protests in support of a hunger strike by four Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

Mohammed Asfour, 22, was shot in the head and initially treated in a Palestinian hospital, his family said. He was later transferred to a hospital in Tel Aviv, where a spokesman said he died. Asfour's family said he would be buried on Friday.

Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip, said Asfour was one of its members. The Israeli military had no immediate comment on his death.

A surge in anti-Israeli violence in the West Bank over the past several weeks has raised concern in Israel that a new Palestinian uprising could erupt. The violence largely subsided last week after Israel agreed to release two of the hunger-strikers in May and they ended their protest.

(Reporting by Ali Sawafta and Nidal al-Mughrabi; Editing by Jason Webb)

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