An 11-year-old Palestinian boy was critically wounded in the face, apparently by a sponge-tipped bullet, during a violent protest Thursday afternoon in the East Jerusalem neighborhood Issawiya.
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Haaretz reported recently that police handling disturbances in Jerusalem's Arab neighborhoods have begun using a type of sponge-tipped bullet that is harder and more injurious than the kind they used to employ.
Saber Mahmoud, who lives in Issawiya, was struck between the eye and nose, causing him to bleed profusely. He was taken to Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem, then transferred to Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem.
In the morning a violent demonstration began in Issawiya after residents blocked off the entrances to the neighborhood, in protest against the police's decision to close entry to Issawiya from Mt. Scopus and French Hill because of the escalation in violence in the area.
East Jerusalem residents have long been complaining about the police's riot-control methods. At the end of August, Mohammed Sunuqrut, 16, was killed by a police bullet to the head during a demonstration in Wadi Joz.