A Palestinian boy has been knocked over by a Jewish settler in what is being described by locals as a hit and run incident. The incident took place in Bethlehem as Malik Al-Shaer was on his way to school. The settler fled from the scene before the police and ambulance arrived.
Medical sources said that Red Crescent staff administered first aid before transferring the child to a local hospital where his condition was said to be “moderate”. Nevertheless, 9-year old Malik was taken to an Israeli hospital for further treatment.
In Gaza, meanwhile, Israeli troops used live ammunition against Palestinian civilians in the north of the besieged territory. No casualties were reported, although several buildings were damaged. Palestinian officials said that the shots were fired as a number of Palestinian patients were ready to leave the Gaza Strip for treatment in Israeli and West Bank hospitals.
The Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture also reported that Israeli troops fired at farmers in Al-Burij refugee camp in the middle of the Gaza Strip. Again, no casualties were reported, but farmers were obliged to flee from their fields.
In the south of the beleaguered territory, just one day after the Kerem Shalom Crossing was re-opened the Israelis closed it again. As a result, many essentials are now in short supply in Gaza, notably cooking gas and medical equipment.
Moreover, Palestinian fishermen have again been targeted by Israeli gunboats off the coast of Gaza. Witnesses reported “heavy gunfire” within the six-mile fishing limit agreed as part of the ceasefire last November.