Wednesday, 30 September 2015

13-year-old shot by Israeli forces 'to undergo amputation'


The Palestinian Prisoner's Society said Wednesday that Israeli doctors had decided to amputate the leg of 13-year-old Palestinian Ahmad al-Muti after he was severely wounded by Israeli forces last week.

The child was reportedly shot by Israeli forces during a protest in Bethlehem with a "dum-dum" bullet -- a bullet that expands inside the body on impact -- in his right leg on Sept. 18 before he was detained by Israeli forces, the prisoners' society told Ma'an.

The Israeli army told the society that Al-Muti was shot and detained for throwing stones, but al-Muti's lawyer said that the 13-year-old was taking his brother to a nearby hospital when he was hit.

The child was taken by Israeli forces to Hadassah hospital in Ein Kerem for treatment, where he was held under tight Israeli security and registered as a prisoner in the Ofer jail.

When one of the society's lawyers visited Al-Muti in hospital on Monday he reported that the child was chained to his hospital bed despite his injury and was in serious condition.

On Sept. 29, an Israeli court ruled that Al-Muti would be released on bail of 7,000 shekels ($1,780). However, the Palestinian Prisoner's Society told Ma'an that the prosecutors had appealed his release and a decision would be made within 72 hours. more

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