Three Palestinians Wounded in East Jerusalem Shootings; 4-year-old Girl in Critical Condition

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The Palestinian neighborhood of Isawiyah in East Jerusalem, February 24, 2020.
The Palestinian neighborhood of Isawiyah in East Jerusalem, February 24, 2020.Credit: Mahmoud Illean/AP

A 4-year-old Palestinian girl is in critical condition after being hit by a bullet in the head late Wednesday night in the Isawiyah neighborhood in East Jerusalem, medical officials say.

The police began an investigation and they suspect she was wounded by shots fired over the separation wall between Jerusalem and the West Bank. She was evacuated to Hadassah University Hospital on Mount Scopus.

Palestinian sources in Isawiyah said they doubt the police's line of investigation, as the family lives near the center of the neighborhood, relatively far from the wall. Furthermore, residents said they didn't hear any gunshots.

Her family says they initially thought the girl was injured by falling, but only when they got to the hospital they realized she was shot.

Palestinian sources said the girl's father is involved in a family dispute, which led the family to move to Isawiyah about a year ago.

In another shooting incident Wednesday overnight in East Jerusalem, two armed and masked men broke into a store in the Shoafat refugee camp and shot at the owner and his son. They were both wounded and are in light to moderate condition.

Security camera footage of the shooting incident in a store in Isawiyah.

The security camera footage from the store shows the father protecting his son with his body. The police are investigating the incident.

Every year, the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, which will end this weekend, sees an uptick in violence among the Palestinian community in East Jerusalem. On Wednesday, the police arrested five Palestinians who were involved in a fight between families in the Abu Tor neighborhood.

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