Palestinian boy shot in cheek by Israeli soldiers during clashes

Published October 25th, 2015 - 09:22 GMT

Israeli forces shot an injured a 13-year-old Palestinian in the cheek and left shoulder during clashes in Hizma village outside of the central West Bank city of Ramallah early Saturday, medical sources said.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said that the boy was transferred to Palestinian Medical Complex after he was shot with live fire. He is in stable condition.

An Israeli army spokesperson did not immediately respond for comment.

It is common practice for Israeli forces to use live fire on crowds during clashes, along with rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas, sponge rounds and skunk water -- a putrid smelling liquid that sticks to clothes, skin, streets and buildings for days. Palestinian teenagers generally make up a large proportion of those involved in clashes, while Israeli students begin the process of being drafted into Israel's conscripted army as early as 16 years old.

During the first week of October alone, the Defense for Children International documented 48 cases in which Israeli forces and settlers caused injuries to Palestinians children.

"In the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Palestinian children have endured heightened levels of violence in recent years, as Israeli soldiers and police use excessive force to quash protests," the organization said in a report.

Earlier this month a 13-year-old Palestinian boy was shot in his chest and killed in the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem while clashes were just starting. Time stamped photos before the incident show the boy in his school uniform with a book bag, gathered with a group of classmates.

Israeli media reported two different statements from Israeli army spokespeople. One report stated that Israeli forces were aiming for the boy's legs, but the bullet ricocheted off the ground, into his chest. Another report stated that Israeli forces were aiming for a different Palestinian when the boy was shot dead.

In 2014 the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) documented Israeli forces had injured "a total of 1,190 Palestinian children across the West Bank, accounting for 20 per cent of all Palestinian injuries."

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