Palestinian Teenagers Bashar and Yousef Join a Grim Statistic: Shot by Israeli Forces

787 West Bank Palestinians, including 155 minors, were wounded last year by either sponge-tipped or live bullets fired by soldiers and the Border Police. Bashar lost an eye, Yousef has skull fractures. Both will require long convalescences

Amira Hass
Amira Hass
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Bashar Hamad, 16, of the Qalandiyah refugee camp and Yousef Taha, 17, of Kafr Qaddum don’t know each other. But they form part of the unseen statistic of Palestinians shot and wounded by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank last year.

Of the total, 632 were wounded by sponge- or rubber-tipped metal bullets, including 127 minors, while 155 were wounded by live fire, including 28 minors. And that’s on top of the 1,513 who were suffocated by tear gas and needed treatment on the spot or at a clinic, among them 195 minors.