Israeli soldiers shoot, critically injure Palestinian child
Medical staff treat a wounded Palestinian boy who was hit by an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip. (AFP/File)
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A Palestinian child has suffered critical injuries after Israeli military forces opened fire and shot him with a rubber-coated steel bullet near a refugee camp in northeastern al-Quds (Jerusalem).
Witnesses said the victim, identified as ten-year-old Yahiya Sami al-Amudi, was walking near a checkpoint close to the Shuafat refugee camp on Thursday, when he came under attack.
Amudi, who is reportedly in a critical condition, was shifted to Hadassah Hospital in the southwestern al-Quds neighborhood of Ein Karem, where doctors discovered evidence of a skull fracture and a broken jaw. His left eye was so damaged that it had to be surgically removed.
Israeli forces and settlers regularly engage in violence against Palestinians in the occupied territories.
More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank, including East al-Quds, in 1967.
Settlers, mostly armed, almost regularly attack Palestinian villages and farms and set fire to their mosques, olive groves and other properties in the occupied West Bank.
The Israeli settlements are considered illegal by much of the international community because the territories were captured by the Israeli regime in a war in 1967 and are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied lands.
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