lundi 5 juin 2017

Palestinian TV presenter injured by stun grenade during violent raid into Issawiya

Un présentateur de télévision palestinien blessé par une grenade lors d'un raid violent à Issawiya

An Israeli border guard patrols Issawiya on August 19, 2015,
during clashes (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli, File)

JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian woman was injured by shrapnel from a stun grenade after getting caught clashes in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya on Sunday night while she was filming for a local TV show.

Local activist Muhammad Abu al-Hummus told Ma'an that Israeli forces stormed Issawiya minutes before Iftar time -- when Muslims observing the holy month of Ramadan eat their first meal after a day of fasting -- sparking clashes with local Palestinians in a number of areas in the neighborhood.

Israeli border police officers indiscriminately fired live ammunition, stun grenades, rubber-coated steel bullets, and tear gas canisters throughout the community, Abu al-Hummus said.

Layali Eid, a reporter and TV presenter for local media outlet the al-Quds Educational TV channel, happened to be in the area interviewing locals about their experiences during Ramadan for a seasonal TV show.

Eid was injured by shrapnel from a stun grenade, while three young Palestinian men were also hurt after Israeli soldiers attacked them with pepper spray.

The extent of Eid's injuries remained unclear.


Layali Eid

An Israeli police spokesperson could not be reached for comment on the raid.

Rights groups have routinely condemned Israeli authorities for their use of excessive force against Palestinians with "non-lethal" weapons such as stun grenades, rubber-coated steel bullets, and tear gas that often result in serious, sometimes fatal, injuries.

Fatima Ubeid, a 52-year-old Palestinian woman, was permanently blinded in one eye after Israeli forces shot her with a rubber-coated steel bullet during a raid into Issawiya in April, while she was sitting on the balcony of her home.

Ubeid suffered from fractures in her face and skull after the bullet struck her directly in the eye. Her family said at the time that the Israeli sniper “deliberately shot her in the eye.”

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