Israeli Forces Shoot Palestinian Elderly Man at West Bank Checkpoint

Israeli private security contractors shot at a man suffering from a speech and hearing disability during an arrest at Qalandiya checkpoint, West Bank, August 17, 2020.
Israeli private security contractors shot at a man suffering from a speech and hearing disability during an arrest at Qalandiya checkpoint, West Bank, August 17, 2020

A 60-year-old Palestinian was shot and wounded on Monday by Israeli occupation forces at the Qalandiya checkpoint, a busy crossing between Jerusalem and the northern West Bank, hours after a separate shooting incident in Bethlehem.

According to Israeli news reports, the elderly man approached the checkpoint on foot in a lane reserved for vehicles. The soldiers shot him in the lower limbs when he did not reply to calls to stop. They then realized he has a disability and cannot hear or communicate.

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He was taken to a nearby hospital for medical assistance and his condition is said to be light to moderate.

Earlier, a Palestinian young man was shot near an Israeli military barrier in the city of Bethlehem.

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There was no immediate information on his condition, but according to Palestinian reports, the young man was wounded and taken to a hospital in Bethlehem.

(Source / 17.08.2020)

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