Update: IOF Continues Invasions in Beit Ommar; 7th Child Shot

13 February 2007

Eyad Sabarneh, aged 12, who was shot directly through his upper thighYesterday, for the second time this week the Israeli Occupation Forces invaded Beit Ommar after a funeral of two men who passed away the night before. After the funeral procession to the cemetary, which is near the entrance to Beit Ommar, the Israeli Army followed the people into Beit Ommar and attacked them by firing tear gas and shooting live ammunition.

Another child, Kamil Mohamed Awad, age 11, was shot with a dumdum bullet in his upper arm. Because dumdum bullets are designed to break apart upon impact to inflict the most damage, he now has pieces of metal lodged throughout his upper arm and torso. He was taken to a hospital in Hebron and released later in the day. Today, he attended school, demonstrating the normalization of these brutal assaults by the IOF. This is the 7th child under the age of 16 to be shot by the Israeli Army in Beit Ommar this week.

Four days ago, 6 young people, ages 9-16, were shot by the Israeli Army when they invaded the village. The most serious injury was to Eyad Sabarneh, aged 12, who was shot directly through his upper thigh. After two surgeries in which a metal plate and external pins were inserted, the doctors are determining whether the leg will have to be amputated. PSP has video that clearly shows that he was shot while running away from the soldiers, and was in no way threatening them.