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Palestinian child blinded in one eye after being shot by Israeli soldier

March 9, 2018 at 11:30 am

Palestinian protesters are injured as a result of Israeli occupation forces using live ammunition and rubber-coated metal bullets to disperse unarmed demonstrators in the Gaza Strip on 12 January 2018 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

A Palestinian boy has been left blind in one eye, after being shot in the face by an Israeli soldier.

Fourteen-year-old Mohammed Nubani was shot with a rubber-coated metal bullet on Friday 9 February, Israeli journalist Gideon Levy reported in Haaretz, as Israeli occupation forces sought to suppress unarmed protests near Ramallah.


Israeli soldiers had forced a few dozen stone-throwing children back towards a playground, using live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas, when Mohammed was shot in the face.

As recounted by Levy, Mohammed’s friends helped evacuate him. An ambulance first took him to the Government Hospital in Ramallah, after which he was taken to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus.

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Despite receiving further treatment at St. John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital in occupied East Jerusalem, it was not possible to save sight in the eye hit by the bullet.

The Israeli military spokesperson told Haaretz that on the day in question Israeli soldiers responded to a “public disturbance” and “took measures to disperse the demonstration”, adding that the army is “not aware of any claim of a Palestinian being wounded”.