3 Youth Shot in Beit Ommar

12 March 2008

At approximately 2pm today, March 12, Israeli military forces entered Beit Ommar on the edge of town near the Israeli settlement Karmi Tsur. 3 boys, aged 12, 13, and 14 were shot in the legs, ostensibly because the Israeli forces believed they were throwing stones. The youth were taken to the hospital in Hebron, where they were treated. It appears as of now that none of them will lose their leg, an all too common result of such shootings. It is becoming regular practice for Israeli soldiers in Beit Ommar, as well as throughout the Occupied Palestinian territories, to return to a policy of shooting children with live ammunition, rather than using “less lethal” methods, such as tear gas or rubber-coated steel bullets (both of which have also caused deaths, though at a lower rate than automatic rifle rounds). The IOF in the region seems to be determined to punish stone-throwing in Beit Ommar and are using gratuitous force, causing in many cases irreparable damage to children’s bodies. Locals believe that in light of this escalation of force, it is only a matter of time before another child is killed.