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Palestinian bystander shot by Israeli forces in Shufat loses eye

July 14, 2015 10:44 A.M. (Updated: July 18, 2015 5:22 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A 55-year-old Palestinian lost an eye after he was hit by a sponge-tipped bullet while seeking shelter from clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian youths in Shufat refugee camp in East Jerusalem Sunday.

Video footage caught on a surveillance camera showed the moment Nafiz Dmeiri sought refuge from the clashes inside a grocery shop and was shot in the face.

He was evacuated to Hadassah Medical Center in Ein Kerem in West Jerusalem.

An Israeli human rights group, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, said in a statement that Dmeiri is deaf and mute, has one child and works at a tailor shop.

The statement called on Israeli police to stop using "black sponge bullets during riot dispersal."

Dmeiri was one of two Palestinians injured during the clashes that broke out after "undercover" Israeli forces raided a clothing store inside the camp to make an arrest.

A Fatah spokesman in the camp, Thaer Fasfous, told Ma'an that Israeli forces had opened fire on local residents "indiscriminately," hitting Dmeiri in the eye and another man in the upper body.

According to Israeli rights group B'Tselem, sponge-tipped bullets "are made of 40-mm-diameter plastic with a sponge tip intended to reduce the bodily injury it causes."

They were introduced after the use of rubber-coated steel bullets was prohibited within Israel, and are commonly used in occupied East Jerusalem, though rarely in the West Bank.

B’Tselem said that sponge-tipped bullets, "if used according to the safety regulations, (are) less dangerous than a rubber-coated metal bullet."

However, the group said it had documented a number of instances where "police officers have fired sponge rounds unlawfully, in blatant violation of the regulations, resulting in injury to Palestinians... (and) in the loss of an eye in at least one case."

spb / usa
there are no bystanders palestinians during violent acts against innocent Israelis
14/07/2015 15:43
Mel / UK
We turn our backs on you Israel. You are not welcome in our homes and lives.
Condolences Dmeiri!
14/07/2015 18:14
Luzer / USA
Innocent people will get hurt when deviants throw rocks. Israel will defend itself against any deviant behavior such as rock throwing and anything else that goes against the norms of society. Get your people under control and this won't ever happen.
14/07/2015 20:10
Carlos / usa
israel shoots a deaf and dumb person to make him blind. israle is such a sleazy country. israel could not stand that he could see.
14/07/2015 20:16
spb / usa
1 piece of advise for this guy. Get focused
15/07/2015 03:28
Violet / UK
So many eye injuries with these bullets, they must be purposely shooting to blind innocent people. Shame, just like shame on the IOF commander who shot a 17 year old in the back and face.
15/07/2015 20:09
ian / australia (1)
Three questions, Luzer. How are armed soldiers invading a refugee camp in the occupied territory of a neighbour state where they have no jurisdiction "innocent people"? How is resisting the invasion of one's home by throwing rocks "deviant behaviour"? And how, when they blind someone trying to hide
22/07/2015 00:52
ian / australia (2)
(contd.) with their new "safe" bullets, it's the PALESTINIANS who are "deviants" defying "the norms of society"? I could also ask why you apologists for state terror are so willfully divorced from reality or why southparkbear thinks vicious meanness is so funny or what exactly Palestinians could
22/07/2015 00:53
ian / australia (3)
(contd.) look forward to, what enhanced quality of life, if they got themselves "under control", but that would be six questions.
22/07/2015 00:54
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