JERUSALEM (JTA) – A 10-year-old Palestinian boy was shot in the face with a foam bullet during clashes between Israel’s Border Police and young Palestinians in eastern Jerusalem.
Palestinians in the Shuafat refugee camp were throwing rocks at the officers, who were guarding maintenance workers. The officers responded with crowd control measures, including shooting foam-covered bullets.
It is not known if the boy, who was taken to Jerusalem’s Hadassah hospital, was throwing stones or was a bystander, according to the Times of Israel.
The Palestinians’ Maan news agency reported that the boy was walking near the neighbourhood at the time and was an innocent bystander.
Maan reported that he arrived at the hospital with a fractured skull, jaw and left ear, and had surgery to remove his left eye.