Three Palestinians Wounded in Israeli Raid on Nablus

NABLUS, April 21, 2015 (WAFA) – At least three Palestinian residents of Nablus were injured predawn Tuesday during an Israeli army raid on the city, security sources reported.

The sources said an Israeli army force broke into Nablus, in the northern West Bank, during the late predawn hours, provoking confrontations with local residents.

Israeli soldiers fired live bullets towards the protesters, injuring Moath Ata, 21, with a live bullet in the thigh bone; Ahmad Saleh, 22, in the head; Mohammad Hassan Sbetan, 18, in the thigh bone.

According to the Defense for Children International Palestine (DCIP), in the first three months of this year, at least 30 children across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, sustained gunshot wounds when Israeli forces used live ammunition to quash protests.

“While none of the incidents resulted in death, the live bullets left several children in a critical condition,” says DCIP.

According to Human Rights Watch, the Israeli military has a poor record of bringing soldiers to justice for such acts.

Since September 2000, the Israeli military has convicted only six soldiers for the unlawful killing of Palestinians; the most severe sentence imposed was seven-and-a-half months in prison, according to the Israeli rights group Yesh Din.