A Palestinian teenager who was critically wounded earlier this week during a protest in East Jerusalem, is clinically dead, doctors at Hadassah Ein Karem told the family Thursday.
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The 16-year old’s relatives said an Israeli soldier shot him at close range in the head with a rubber-coated steel bullet.
Jerusalem police sources said the boy, Muhammad Abd Al-Majid Sunuqrut, had been shot in the leg with a sponge-tipped bullet in Wadi Joz, fell and hurt his head.
Sunuqrut is the first person to be seriously hurt in the wave of violence washing over East Jerusalem since the beginning of July. If he dies and is declared a shaheed (an Islamic martyr), it could trigger more violence in the city, Palestinian officials said.
The teen’s uncle, Motabi Sunuqrut, said the boy had not even taken part in the demonstrations on August 31 and the area was quiet at the time of the incident.
“Ten minutes earlier I returned home and nothing was happening. He left home and was talking to his aunt on the phone, when suddenly he was shot at close range. After he fell the soldiers went on beating him and wouldn’t let anyone come near him to treat him,” he said.
Relatives said only after 20 minutes was the boy taken to nearby Al Mokassed Hospital. He was later transferred to Hadassah Ein Kerem, where the doctors have been trying to save his life all week. Today they told the family their son was clinically dead.
The Jerusalem Police said that after the boy was seen throwing stones, he fled from officers who shot him in the leg. He then fell and injured his head. The Jerusalem Police added that they don’t use the so-called “rubber-coated bullets.”