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Israeli forces shoot Palestinian in eye during clashes

April 16, 2015 11:19 A.M. (Updated: April 18, 2015 10:14 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian was critically injured after being shot in the eye with a rubber-coated steel bullet during clashes with Israeli forces in the al-Issawiya village of occupied East Jerusalem late Wednesday.

Member of a local committee in al-Issawiya, Muhammad Abu al-Hummus, said that Suleiman Mahmoud al-Tarbi, 20, was leaving his home when he was "directly" targeted by Israeli forces from a short range.

Abu al-Hummus added that al-Tarbi fell to the ground when he was injured, before being assaulted and detained by Israeli forces despite his injuries.

Al-Tarbi was taken to the Hadassa Ein Karem Hospital.

Clashes erupted in the al-Issawiya village late Wednesday after Israeli soldiers raided the street across the Maale Adumim settlement.

Three Palestinian youths were also injured with rubber-coated steel bullets in their lower extremities.

An Israeli army spokeswoman did not have immediate information on Wednesday's incidents.

Residents of al-Issawiya face routine raids and detention by Israeli forces.

The nearby illegal Maael Adumim settlement is built on land expropriated from al-Issawiya, as well as Palestinian villages of Abu Dis, al-Eizariya, Al-Tur and Anata, with Israeli human rights organization Peace Now estimating 86.4 percent of the settlement to be built on privately owned Palestinian land.

Al-Tarbi's injury is one of many inflicted at the hands of Israeli forces. The United Nations estimates that Israeli forces injured a total of 1,190 Palestinian children in the West Bank during 2014.

More than in 1 in 5 of the injuries were caused by Israeli forces' use of live ammunition, with the rest from rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas inhalation, and assault.

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