RAMALLAH, August 15, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Saturday shot and injured a Palestinian youth near the village of Beit ‘Ur al-Tahta to the west of Ramallah before detaining him, said Palestinian medical sources.
Israeli forces shot and injured Mahmoud Jomhoor, who comes from the East Jerusalem town of Beit ‘Anan, twice in his hand purportedly for attempting to stab an Israeli soldier on route 443, an Israeli bypass road that is considered the main traffic artery between Ramallah and several Palestinian villages to the southwest of the city.
Sources from the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said that a PRCS paramedics rushed to provide emergency treatment for Jomhoor, but they were prevented from approaching the scene.
PRCS sources added that Israeli forces detained the injured man and led him to an unknown destination.
On August 9, 20-year-old Anas Taha from Qatanna, to the northwest of Jerusalem, was shot dead by Israeli soldiers near Ofer prison, west of Ramallah, also for reportedly stabbing an Israeli settler.
According to a report published on June 2015, B’Tselem, Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, documented dozens of cases in the Ramallah area of the West Bank in which Palestinians were injured, some severely, by live ammunition fired by Israeli security forces.
Medical reports collected from Palestinian hospitals by B’Tselem field researcher Iyad Hadad indicate that at least 47 Palestinians – including one woman and 24 minors – were injured by live fire in the West Bank since the beginning of February 2015 in demonstrations or clashes with Israeli security forces.
“The frequent use of live ammunition at demonstrations, in breach of open-fire regulations, shows that it is a not a matter of exceptional incidents but rather the implementation of an unlawful policy,” stated the center.
B’Tselem called on ‘the security forces to discontinue the use of any and all live gunfire – with any type of ammunition – aimed at unarmed civilians, with the exception of extreme situations of immediate mortal danger.’