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Israeli forces killed 10-year-old Palestinian, blamed ‘family dispute’

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Israeli forces arresting a Palestinian minor [File photo]

Israeli forces shot and killed a 10-year-old Palestinian boy last month, despite initially denying any involvement with the death, according to a new statement by Israeli NGO B’Tselem.

On July 19, Border Police officers operating in al-Ram responded to stone-throwing by Palestinian youths with tear gas and black sponge rounds. One of the rounds hit Muhyi a-Din a-Tabakhi in the chest, and he later died of his wounds in hospital.

According to an eyewitness, who himself was shot in the hand with a black sponge round when he went to aid the child, a-Tabakhi was shot from a distance of approximately 30 metres.

At the time, an Israeli newspaper reported that the Israeli military denied responsibility, and “speculated that the boy’s death was a result of a local dispute between rival families.”

B’Tselem noted that there have been 32 documented instances in recent years of Israeli police officers firing sponge rounds “unlawfully”, injuring Palestinians and an Israeli journalist in Occupied East Jerusalem. One victim, another 10-year-old boy, lost an eye.

On August 31, 2014, an Israeli police officer in East Jerusalem fired a black sponge round at 15-year-old Palestinian Muhammad Sunuqrut, who died of his wounds on 4 September.

(Source / 05.08.2016)

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Video of the Week New Clashes Erupt Between Israeli Security Forces, Muslim Worshippers

Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police

The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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