Israeli forces seriously injure Palestinian boy with rubber-coated metal bullet


Defense for Children International – Palestine, Jul 06, 2022

Ramallah, July 6, 2022 – Israeli forces shot an 11-year-old Palestinian boy in the head with a rubber-coated metal bullet seriously injuring him in late May in the southern occupied West Bank.

Safi Ahmad Mohammad Jawabra, 11, was shot by Israeli forces in the head above his left eye with a rubber-coated metal bullet around 10 a.m. on May 29 at the entrance to Al-Arroub refugee camp, near Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank, according to documentation collected by Defense for Children International – Palestine. Safi was walking home from school after completing his final exam in math when an Israeli soldier shot him in the head unexpectedly and without warning. While running away, another group of Israeli soldiers around 50 meters (164 feet) away fired tear gas canisters in front of Safi.

“Israeli forces must immediately end the improper targeting of Palestinian children with crowd control weapons,” said Ayed Abu Eqtaish, Accountability Program director at DCIP. “Israeli soldiers who aim crowd control weapons at children’s heads and upper bodies at close range must be held accountable for their actions.”

Safi was transferred by private car to Beit Fajjar clinic, then by ambulance to Al-Hussein Hospital in Beit Jala, then to Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation, also in Beit Jala. After scans and tests, doctors operated on Safi’s injury, which required 20 stitches. Safi’s left eye now has about 10 percent functionality, according to information gathered by DCIP…

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