A Palestinian died on Saturday of injuries sustained in clashes with Israeli police in April at the Al-Masjid compound in East Jerusalem, his family and medical sources said.

“An injured person evacuated a few weeks ago from the Old City neighborhood to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital with a head injury and in very serious condition has died,” the Israeli hospital said in a statement.

The deceased’s family also announced his death in an audio message to reporters.

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According to the Palestinian news agency Wafa, it is Walid Al-Sharif, 23, from the Beit Hanina neighborhood in East Jerusalem, a Palestinian sector of the city occupied and annexed by Israel.

According to the same source, he was injured on April 22 during clashes between Israeli forces and young Palestinians on the esplanade of the Mosques – the third holiest site in Islam and the holiest site in Judaism under its name of Temple Mount – , located in the Old City in East Jerusalem.

Israeli police entered the plaza and used ‘means of dispersal’ after Palestinians threw stones towards the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest prayer site located below the Al-Masjid plaza , according to the police.

“The deceased man was one of the rioters (…) He was seriously injured when he fell to the ground on his head as he fled,” police said on Saturday. “The police gave him first aid” with a medical team and tried to “resuscitate him before he was transferred to the hospital”, she added.

Since mid-April, clashes between Israeli and Palestinian police have left one Palestinian dead and nearly 300 injured, the vast majority of them Palestinians, on the esplanade of the Mosques.

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