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Israeli forces seriously injure Palestinian boy in East Jerusalem clashes

April 4, 2016 8:41 P.M. (Updated: April 5, 2016 12:44 P.M.)
Israeli security officers run past burning tires during clashes with Palestinian protesters in the Issawiya neighborhood, in East Jerusalem on Oct. 24, 2014. (AFP/ Ahmad Gharabli, File)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- A 12- year-old Palestinian boy was seriously injured on Monday evening after an Israeli soldier shot him with a rubber-coated steel bullet to the head in the al-Issawiya neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, local sources said.

Local popular committee member Muhammad Abu al-Hummus identified the boy as Yazan Khalid Naaji, 12. He said the boy was hit in the head by the bullet after Israeli forces stormed the neighborhood and deployed heavily in the streets.

Abu al-Hummus said the boy was in a serious condition and was suffering from internal bleeding. He was evacuated to a hospital in East Jerusalem for treatment.

Clashes broke out in the neighborhood between Israeli troops and local youths, and at least one teenager was detained.

Israeli forces “raid al-Issawiya everyday in a provocative manner,” Abu al-Hummus said. “They deploy in the streets and on rooftops, firing rubber-coated bullets and tear gas canisters haphazardly at resident’s homes and vehicles.”

An Israeli police spokesperson was not immediately available for comment. An Israeli army spokesperson said she was looking into the reports.

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