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Palestinian in a coma since protest dies: medic

A Palestinian who had been in a coma since inhaling tear gas at a protest last month died on Friday in hospital in the West Bank city of Ramallah, a medical official said. Muayad Atwa, 30, also had a history of heart problems, the medic added. Among mourners at his funeral in the Al-Ram neighbourhood adjacent to Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem were masked gunmen of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the armed wing of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah group. They fired assault rifles in the air and shouted "Vengeance!" an AFP photographer at the scene reported.

Israel holds 10 Palestinians over road crash

The Israeli army has arrested 10 Palestinians on suspicion of stonethrowing blamed for a road accident in which an Israeli woman and her three daughters were injured, a statement said Friday. The accident took place on Thursday evening near the West Bank settlement of Ariel. One daughter, aged two, was seriously injured. "Israeli special forces acting on precise intelligence arrested eight Palestinians from the village of Haris, south of Qalqilya, and two more from the village of Kifl Haris," the army statement said.
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