A Palestinian teenager accused of throwing rocks at Israeli troopers was reportedly shot final week as he tried to make a run for it whereas handcuffed and blindfolded.
A now-viral picture from a neighborhood photographer exhibits troopers showing to pursue the fleeing teen, who had his eyes lined and fingers tied behind his again.
Handcuffed and blindfolded Osama Hajahjeh, 16, runs away from Israeli troopers close to the village of Tekoa, West Financial institution. Hajahjeh stated was shot in his legs final week by Israeli troopers whereas he was handcuffed and blindfolded, shortly after being arrested. (AP Photograph/Mohammad Hmeid)
Osama Hajahejh, 16, informed reporters he was tackled by Israeli troopers Thursday after leaving a funeral for a college trainer in his village of Tekoa. He stated the soldier jumped out of an olive grove and compelled him to the bottom. He stated his fingers have been cuffed and his eyes lined with a fabric blindfold.
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The teenager informed the Related Press from a hospital mattress within the West Financial institution city of Beit Jala that he may hear different Palestinian youth shouting on the troopers, who have been yelling again in Arabic and Hebrew.
“I bought confused,” and stood up, he stated. “Instantly, I used to be shot in my proper leg. Then I attempted to run, and I used to be shot in my left leg and fell to the bottom.”
An Israeli soldier factors his pistol at a bunch of Palestinians gathering round a wounded Osama Hajahjeh, 16, close to the village of Tekoa, West Financial institution. (AP Photograph/Mustafa Allbadan)
Extra images present a masked soldier screaming and pointing a pistol at a bunch of Palestinians as Hajahejh lies on the ground. One soldier took off the teenager’s belt and used it as a tourniquet to cease the bleeding, witnesses stated.
The navy stated it was investigating the incident, which it stated occurred as Palestinian youths have been throwing stones at Israeli troopers. (AP Photograph/Mustafa Allbadan)
In a press release, the navy accused the teenager of taking part in “huge stone throwing” assault on Israeli forces. It didn’t say something about him being blindfolded or handcuffed.
“The detainee was held at a close-by spot and started working away from the pressure. The troopers chased him, throughout which they fired towards his decrease stomach,” the assertion stated.
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The navy stated the teenager was supplied first help after the taking pictures. It stated the incident was beneath investigation.
A health care provider checks Osama Hajahjeh, 16, on the Beit Jala hospital, close to the West Financial institution metropolis of Bethlehem, Monday, April 22, 2019. (AP Photograph/Nasser Nasser)
Hajahjeh’s father, Ali, stated he was grateful a soldier gave his son medical care. However he stated his son by no means ought to have been shot to start with.
“Solely a sick individual would shoot a blindfolded boy,” he stated.
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Docs stated the teenager is in steady situation.
The Related Press contributed to this report.