Palestinian medical sources reported Sunday that a Palestinian youth was injured near the Israeli settlement of Etzion, between Bethlehem and Hebron in the occupied West Bank. The soldiers then stepped on his hands to pose for pictures as the youth continued to bleed.The Israeli army claimed that the resident, identified as Salah Sghayyar, 18 years old, attempted to stab an Israeli soldier, but “fell on his knife during a scuffle with the soldier”. Yet, initial media reports indicated that the youth was shot, not stabbed, in the chest.

As the youth was lying in the ground, heavily bleeding and unable to move, soldiers stepped on his hands and posed for pictures.

The Maan News Agency reported that the Israeli District Coordination Office in the area told its reporter that the youth was not killed and that Israeli medics arrived at the scene and transferred him to Hadassah Israeli hospital, in Jerusalem where he was admitted to surgery. He is currently in a serious condition.

The army and the police invaded the home of Sghayyar’s father, in as-Salam Street in Hebron, searched it, and ordered the father and the mother to go to the Etzion military and security center for interrogation, the Maan News Agency reported.

In related news, a Palestinian youth was shot and wounded by Israeli military fire east of al-Qarara town, east of Khan Younis city, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

The wounded resident, identified as Waheed Abu Zir, 22, was shot by a live round to his leg. The shots came from Israeli military towers east of Kissufim Israeli military base. The soldiers also fired at random hitting a number of homes and properties in the area, local sources reported.