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Palestinian man tried to stop family brawl in Shufat, is shot 9 times by Israeli forces

July 18, 2016 8:17 P.M. (Updated: July 18, 2016 8:17 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli border police shot, beat and wounded a Palestinian on Thursday after he tried to stop a quarrel in the Shufat refugee camp in occupied East Jerusalem, the young man’s mother told Ma’an.

The mother of Yahya Hijazi, 24, told Ma’an on Friday that Israeli border police fired nine shots at her son after they “falsely” suspected that he was carrying a knife.

She said that Hijazi was on his way to work when he passed by a family fighting in the refugee camp, in which one of the individuals involved in the fistfight was carrying a knife.

Hijazi tried to stop the physical argument and took the knife away from the family member, when Israeli forces entered the area.

“My son tried to raise his hand to signal to the officers that he had no intention to carry out attacks, but they ignored that and continued to shoot at him,” Hijazi’s mother said.

Hijazi was shot nine times in one leg, while the other leg was fractured when the Israeli border police officers beat him, his mother said, adding that doctors didn’t expect him to be able to walk for three months.

Israeli intelligence officers reportedly interrogated Hijazi at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem for three hours after he underwent two surgeries in both legs, before notifying the family that Hijazi was not under arrest.

The mother said that her family would take legal action against the Israeli officers who shot Hijazi.

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