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One killed and dozens injured as anti-Israel protests continue in occupied West Bank

February 16, 2014 at 2:11 pm

A Palestinian child was killed and dozens of people were injured on Monday, two seriously, as Palestinian protests over the plight of prisoners in Israeli jails continued. Uday Sarhan, 16, was shot in the head by Israeli soldiers in Bethlehem. He was rushed to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem but sources in his home city said that he died on Tuesday morning. Ambulances had been prevented from reaching him by the Israelis, with the result that he lost a huge amount of blood before he was eventually allowed to be taken to hospital.

In Aida refugee camp near Bethlehem, Mohammed al-Kordi, 13, was seriously injured when Israeli occupation forces fired live ammunition at protesters. He was taken to Beit-Jala Hospital in a serious condition. Paramedics said that the boy was shot in the back and in the foot, suffering from internal bleeding in the liver and lungs. His condition was described as “stable”.

Earlier on Monday, in Nablus, Mohammed Daraghmeh, 25, was taken to hospital after being hit on the head by a tear gas canister. A senior medical official in Nablus, Ghassan Hamdan, said that Daraghmeh was shot in the head on purpose. He is in a “serious” condition.

Palestinian paramedics across the occupied West Bank said that dozens of people were having difficulties with their breathing due to the amount of tear gas fired by the Israelis.

Israeli media reported that an Israeli soldier was lightly injured when a Palestinian boy threw a stone at him near the illegal Gush Etzion settlement south of Jerusalem.

The death of Arafat Jaradat in Israel’s Megiddo Prison on Saturday provoked wide-scale protests all over the West Bank. Israeli sources claim that he died of a heart attack, while Palestinian Authority autopsy results suggest that he was tortured to death.