Four-year-old Palestinian Who Was Shot in the Head Dies of Her Wounds

Israel Police say they suspect bullet that hit Rafif Mohammed Karain two weeks ago was stray shot from West Bank, but the girl's family disputes this

Nir Hasson
Nir Hasson
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
Nir Hasson
Nir Hasson

A four-year-old Palestinian girl who was hit in the head with a bullet several days ago died at Hadassah University Hospital on Monday, according to a press release.

Police suspected the shot that hit Rafif Mohammed Karain was fired over the separation wall between Jerusalem and the West Bank on May 21.

Last week, 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.

Karain was rushed to the hospital and was treated by a team of neurosurgical experts in the pediatric intensive care unit, but the brain injury was “severe,” the hospital said.

Her family says they initially thought the girl was injured by falling. It was only when they got to the hospital that 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.

The holy Muslim month of Ramadan, which ended last weekend, regularly sees an uptick in violence among the Palestinian community in East Jerusalem. On May 27, the police arrested five Palestinians who were involved in a fight between families in the Abu Tor neighborhood.

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