JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian was critically injured after being shot in the eye with a rubber-coated steel bullet during clashes with Israeli forces in the al-Issawiya village of occupied East Jerusalem late Wednesday.
Member of a local committee in al-Issawiya, Muhammad Abu al-Hummus, said that Suleiman Mahmoud al-Tarbi, 20, was leaving his home when he was “directly” targeted by Israeli forces from a short range.
Abu al-Hummus added that al-Tarbi fell to the ground when he was injured, before being assaulted and detained by Israeli forces despite his injuries.
Al-Tarbi was taken to the Hadassa Ein Karem Hospital.
Clashes erupted in the al-Issawiya village late Wednesday after Israeli soldiers raided the street across the Maale Adumim settlement.
Three Palestinian youths were also injured with rubber-coated steel bullets in their lower extremities.
An Israeli army spokeswoman did not have immediate information on Wednesday’s incidents.
Residents of al-Issawiya face routine raids and detention by Israeli forces.
The nearby illegal Maael Adumim settlement is built on land expropriated from al-Issawiya, as well as Palestinian villages of Abu Dis, al-Eizariya, Al-Tur and Anata, with Israeli human rights organization Peace Now estimating 86.4 percent of the settlement to be built on privately owned Palestinian land.
Al-Tarbi’s injury is one of many inflicted at the hands of Israeli forces. The United Nations estimates that Israeli forces injured a total of 1,190 Palestinian children in the West Bank during 2014.
More than in 1 in 5 of the injuries were caused by Israeli forces’ use of live ammunition, with the rest from rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas inhalation, and assault.