Palestinian teen: Israel shot me handcuffed and blindfolded
BETHLEHEM (AP) — A Palestinian teen says he was unarmed when Israeli troops grabbed him last week and then shot him in both legs while he was handcuffed and blindfolded.
The 16-year-old Osama Hajahjeh said Monday he was walking home last week from a funeral in the West Bank village of Tekoa when he was grabbed.
He says soldiers bound him and shouted at him in Hebrew and Arabic. He was “confused” and started walking away when he was shot.
A photo captured by a local photographer shows soldiers appearing to pursue a fleeing Hajahjeh with his eyes covered and hands tied behind his back.
The Israeli military says it arrested an instigator of a violent protest and fired at his lower abdomen when he tried to flee. It says it’s investigating.