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The Palestinian teenager, handcuffed and blindfolded, says he was shot twice by an Israeli soldier as he ran away



A Palestinian teenager accused of stoning stones against Israeli soldiers was shot dead last week trying to handcuff and blindfold him.

A now viral photo of a local photographer shows soldiers tracking the persecution of a fleeing teenager who has his eyes covered and his hands tied behind his back.

  Osama Hajahjeh, 16, bound and blindfolded, runs away from the Israeli soldiers near the village of Tekoa in the West Bank. Hajahjeh said he was shot in the legs by Israeli soldiers last week when he was handcuffed and blindfolded shortly after his arrest. (AP Photo / Mohammad Hmeid)

Osama Hajahjeh, 16, bound and blindfolded, runs away from the Israeli soldiers near the village of Tekoa in the West Bank. Hajahjeh said he was shot in the legs by Israeli soldiers last week when he was handcuffed and blindfolded shortly after his arrest. (AP Photo / Mohammad Hmeid)

Osama Hajahejh, 16, told reporters that he was attacked by Israeli soldiers Thursday after he left a tomb for a schoolteacher in his village of Tekoa. He said the soldier jumped out of an olive grove and forced him to the ground. He said his hands were handcuffed and his eyes covered with a blindfold.

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In the city center of Beit Jala in the West Bank, he could hear other Palestinian youths yelling at the soldiers who shrieked in Arabic and Hebrew had.

"I got confused" and got up, he said. "Immediately I was shot in the right leg. Then I tried to run and I was shot in my left leg and fell to the ground.

  An Israeli soldier points his gun at a group of Palestinians gathering around a wounded Osama Hajahjeh (16) near the village of Tekoa. West Bank. (AP Photo / Mustafa Allbadan)

An Israeli soldier points his gun at a group of Palestinians gathering around a wounded Osama Hajahjeh (16) near the village of Tekoa in the West Bank. (AP Photo / Mustafa Allbadan)

Other photos show a masked soldier screaming at a group of Palestinians and pointing a pistol at him while Hajahejh lies on the ground. A soldier took off the teenager's belt and used it as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding, witnesses said.

  The military said it would investigate the incident as Palestinian youth threw stones at Israeli soldiers. (AP Photo / Mustafa Allbadan)

The military said it was investigating the incident that occurred when Palestinian youth threw stones at Israeli soldiers. (AP Photo / Mustafa Allbadan)

In a statement, the military accused the teenager of participating in a "massive stone throw" attack on Israeli troops. It did not say that he was blindfolded or handcuffed.

"The detainee was held at a nearby location and ran away from the troop, the soldiers chasing him as they shot his abdomen," the statement said

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The military said the teenager was offered first aid after the shooting. The incident was investigated.

  A doctor checks Osama Hajahjeh, 16, at Beit Jala Hospital near the city of Bethlehem in the West Bank, Monday, April 22, 2019. (AP Photo / Nasser Nasser)

Osama Hajahjeh, 16, at Beit Jala Hospital near the city of Bethlehem in the West Bank, Monday, April 22, 2019, is being examined by a doctor. (AP Photo / Nasser Nasser)

Hajahjeh's father Ali said he was grateful that a soldier had provided medical care to his son. But he said his son should never have been shot from the start.

"Only a sick person would shoot a blindfolded boy," he said.

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is in a stable condition.

To this Report has contributed the Associated Press.


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