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Violations Bulletin
August & September 2013

August and September brought increased violence by Israeli forces against Palestinian children living in refugee camps throughout the West Bank. Lax enforcement of the Israeli army’s open-fire regulations has led to increased violence against Palestinian civilians and perpetuated impunity throughout 2013.

On August 26, Mohammad A, 14, was shot in the leg by live ammunition when Israeli forces raided Qalandia refugee camp south of Ramallah. Laith E, 8, was shot in the forehead and injured by a rubber-coated metal bullet fired by Israeli soldiers during clashes in Aida refugee camp near Bethlehem.

On September 1, Basel S, 15, was shot and injured by a rubber-coated metal bullet that struck him directly in the eye in Jalazoun refugee camp north of Ramallah.

On September 17, Muhammad G, 16, was shot with live ammunition in the foot during an Israeli army incursion into Jenin refugee camp around 6:30 am.

On September 26, Musab S, 6, was shot in the eye with a rubber-coated metal bullet fired by an Israeli soldier as he was walking next to his mother. Due to the severity of his injuries, doctors determined that he needed to be transferred to Saint George hospital in Jerusalem. After waiting four hours for approval from Israeli authorities, the transfer was completed and Musab underwent surgery at Saint George hospital to remove his right eye and the rubber-coated metal bullet, which had settled into his eye socket.

Tensions in Hebron increased during September as thousands of Israelis visited for the Jewish holidays. On September 23, Awni S, 14, living in a home that has an Israeli military station on the roof, was attacked by a group of settlers on his rooftop and sustained bruises.
DCI-Palestine News Alerts
Palestinian youth and the failure of Oslo
Ramallah, 19 September 2013­—Perhaps the most significant aspect of the Oslo Accords' 20th anniversary and context of recent talks is that now nearly half of the 4.4 million Palestinians living in the OPT are under 18, and have come of age in Oslo’s shadow. Read more.
Palestinian children travel dangerous route to school in At-Tuwani
Ramallah, 10 September 2013—It will be nine years this November since the Israeli military began escorting children to their school in At-Tuwani to curb violent attacks by masked settlers. Read more.
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