West Bank, MINA – Israeli soldiers shot Abdul Rahman Yasser Shteiwi, a Palestinian child from close range with live ammunition in a protest against the expansion of settlements in city of Kafr Qaddum, on the northern West Bank, Saturday, July 13.
The 10-year-old child was then rushed to Rafidia Hospital, Nablus for immediate surgery.
According to Murad Shtaiwi, head of resistance committee in Kafr Qaddum, doctors found 70 pieces of sharp bullets lodged in the child’s brain, palsolidarity reported.
“I have no more words to explain how sad I am. Israeli army made a very big mistake. Do they think what they are doing today will make the resistance will subside more? Never, “he said firmly.
Israeli soldiers claimed there were no live bullets used against the protesters, but the Abdul’s handling doctor said the shrapnel in his brain came from live ammunition.
Rubber-coated steel bullets were also fired at the crowd. At least two people were injured by rubber bullets including a child and a man who was shot in his arm.
Shortly after the demonstration subsided, ISM activists found a 5.56-millimeter bullet shell on the ground where the protesters were standing. And the cartridge shell still feels hot to touch, it shows that the bullet was used by Israeli army in the action.
But It wax not only that, dozens of bullets were also found scattered by the villagers after demonstration.
Shtaiwi added that we want to send a message to all international community, if you care about the rights of children, then come and protect them, and share what happened today to world.
The city has been holding protests for the past nine years against the expansion of Jewish settlements.
The protesters were also always faced with tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets fired by heavily armed Israeli occupation forces. (T/Sj/P2)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)