WATCH: Palestinian Loses Eye After Being Shot by Sponge-tipped Bullet Fired by Israeli Forces

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Sponge-tipped bullets. Credit: Emil Salman

A resident of East Jerusalem lost his eye after being shot by a sponge-tipped bullet fired by Israeli forces.

The incident was captured on a security camera. The footage clearly shows that the man was not among rioters who threw rocks toward Israeli forces, but tried to seek shelter in a store.

The shooting took place on Sunday when an undercover unit entered the East Jerusalem refugee camp of Shoafat. According to residents, the unit sought to arrest a wanted resident of the Palestinian territories who works at a store in the camp. The unit was then attacked by Palestinian youths hurling rocks.

Large Israel Police and border police forces entered Shoafat to extract the undercover unit and the detainee. According to residents, the police used means of crowd control, including tear gas, sponge-tipped bullets and stun grenades.

The victim, Nafaz Damiri, 45, evidently a resident of the Beit Hanina neighborhood, was shopping in the area as the incident unfolded. He fled and sought shelter in a store alongside other passersby. Shortly after he was shot in the eye, a stun grenade was fired into the store as well. Toward the end of the video, blood stains are seen on the floor of the store.

Damiri was rushed to the Hadassah Mount Scopus Medical Center, which reported that he lost an eye.

It is the latest of a series of similar incidents in which Palestinians, primarily in East Jerusalem, have lost eyes to sponge-tipped bullets fired by the Israeli security services.

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