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Palestinian teen loses eye in Israeli shooting at a shop

A 13-year-old Palestinian boy has lost his eye after he was hit with a rubber-coated steel bullet fired by Israeli military forces during a protest against the Tel Aviv regime’s illegal settlement expansion and land expropriation policies.

Palestinian medical sources said Ezzedine Nedal al-Batsh was struck in the right eye before being rushed to a hospital in the southern occupied West Bank city of al-Khalil, located 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of Jerusalem al-Quds, on Friday.

The wounded teenager’s father, Nedal, told local media that his son was hit just as he was in a shop in the Bab az-Zawiya neighborhood of the city.

Nedal added clashes were taking place between Israeli forces and a group of Palestinian protesters at the time, emphasizing Ezzedine was not involved in the incident.

The Palestinian man noted that the Israeli soldiers indiscriminately fired shots, tear gas canisters as well as stun grenades, many of which struck nearby stores and residential buildings.

Palestinians and Jewish activists have been holding weekly protests across the West Bank every Friday to condemn Israel’s land expropriation and home demolition policies besides threatened evictions.

Israeli troops use live ammunition against the demonstrators to disperse them. A number of Palestinians sustain gunshot wounds a result, while others suffer breathing difficulties as troops use tear gas during the clashes.

Wounded Palestinian detainee contracts coronavirus in Israeli jail

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) confirmed on Friday that another detainee had contracted the coronavirus at the Ofer military prison in the occupied West Bank.

PPS said in a statement that Abu Ajamiya, 19, was moved to a section of the detention facility, where prisoners infected with the highly contagious respiratory disease are isolated, shortly after he tested positive for COVID-19.

The Palestinian teenager was arrested by the Israeli forces from his home in Dheisha refugee camp near Bethlehem on March 29, ten days after he was shot and injured in the leg by Israeli troops. He is expected to stand trial for unclear charges on April 12.

The latest case brings up the number of Palestinian detainees, who have so far contracted cornavirus inside Israeli prisons to 368.

More than 7,000 Palestinian prisoners are currently held in some 17 Israeli jails, with dozens of them serving multiple life sentences.

Over 350 detainees, including women and minors, are under Israel’s administrative detention.

The so-called administrative detention, which is a form of imprisonment without trial or charge, allows authorities to incarcerate Palestinians for up to six months. The duration could be extended for an infinite number of times.

Some Palestinian prisoners have been held in administrative detention for up to 11 years.

 

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