Update: Use of Illegal Weaponry in Beit Ommar Confirmed By Doctors

26 July 2008

Two men, Mohammed Awwad, 21, and Mahmoud Awwad, 18 were both treated in al-Ahli hospital in Al-Khalil (Hebron) after being shot during an invasion on Wednesday, July 23. Mohammed was originally reported as having been shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet at close range but after treatment in the hospital it was determined that in fact he had been shot with a dum dum bullet, the use of which against civilians has been outlawed internationally because of the severe damage they cause. Dum Dum bullets are designed to break apart after impact, pieces of which travel through the body, lodging themselves in various places and requiring extensive surgery to remove. Mahmoud was shot in the head with a rubber-coated steel bullet at close range, causing it to enter the back of his head though not the skull. Both were released from the hospital today.