Gazan dies of wounds sustained in 2006

Published yesterday (updated) 05/06/2011 19:02

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Palestinian was pronounced dead in an Egyptian hospital on Saturday, with doctors telling Ma’an he died of wounds sustained by Israeli fire during the 2006 incursion.

Mohammad Nabil Abu A’qel was shot in the chest during the summer of 2006 and suffered severe internal bleeding and lung problems, with the bullet penetrating into the central tissue of the lung, doctors explained.

The man was transferred to Egypt for treatment in on 30 March 2011 when his condition deteriorated. He was scheduled for a surgery on Sunday, but died one day before.

He was buried in his home town of Jabaliya, after his body was returned to the family in Gaza via the Rafah crossing.

Following the capture of an Israeli soldier in June 2006, Israeli forces waged an offensive on the coastal enclave, named Operation Summer Rains, in an attempt to pressure the captors of the soldier to release him to his family.

More than a month of air and artillery strikes saw the power station hit repeatedly, cutting electricity to the the central Strip. More than 400 were killed and estimates put the injured over 1,000.

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