West News Wire: According to his relatives, a 21-year-old Palestinian man who suffered a terrible head injury on Friday on the Al-Aqsa Mosque site has gone into a coma and is in critical condition.

As the holy Muslim month of Ramadan approaches its completion, Walid al-Sharif has been fighting for his life amid a difficult scenario in which Israeli soldiers have been attacking worshippers at Al-Aqsa compound on a near-daily basis.

Walid al-head Sharif’s or neck was hit by a sponge-tipped bullet fired by Israeli police in the early hours of Friday, according to his relatives and witnesses.

The Israeli police, on the other hand, stated that al-Sharif, a resident of Jerusalem’s Old City, fell and suffered a head injury while throwing stones at them.

Early on Friday, Israeli police raided Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam’s third-holiest site. Al-Sharif was one of the 57 Palestinians injured in the police action, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent.

He was moved to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem, which said in a statement that there was “evidence of injury from live ammunition”.

Member of the Israeli Knesset Ahmad Tibi, who visited al-Sharif at the hospital, said his condition was critical after “suffering from widespread brain damage”.

Al-Sharif’s brother told the Israeli Haaretz daily that his condition had deteriorated overnight.

“He is in a coma, oxygen is not reaching his brain and he has bleeding on the brain and a skull fracture,” he said, adding that doctors had exhausted their treatment options. “We are just waiting and only Allah can help him now,” he said.

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Israeli authorities are bracing for demonstrations by Palestinian citizens of Israel, who have stood in solidarity with their compatriots across the Green Line, the 1967 armistice line. Cities like Nazareth and Umm al-Fahem have seen protests over the violence against worshippers at Al-Aqsa compound.

Al-Aqsa Mosque compound is a frequent flashpoint of tensions as more Israeli Jews have attempted to upend the status quo by praying there.

The silver-domed mosque inside the 35-acre compound is referred to as al-Haram al-Sharif, or the Noble Sanctuary, by Muslims, and as the Temple Mount by Jews.

Last year, attacks on worshippers and attempts to expel Palestinians from their homes in the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood of  ended up in an 11-day war on Gaza.

The UN said that on April 22 an 18-year-old Palestinian man succumbed to wounds sustained on April 9. He was shot by Israeli forces during a search-and-arrest operation in al-Yamun, in the Jenin area.

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