A Palestinian child was critically injured after Israeli forces shot him with a rubber-coated steel bullet near the Shu’fat refugee camp on Thursday, witnesses said.Yahiya Sami al-Amoudi, age 10, was walking near a checkpoint by the occupied East Jerusalem refugee camp when he was shot by the bullet.

He was taken to the Hadassa hospital in Ein Karem with a fractured skull, jaw and left ear, and had surgery to remove his left eye.

The child’s family said he was heading back home from school, when he was shot by a rubber-coated metal bullet in his eye.

A spokesman for Fateh Movement in the camp, Thaer Fasfous, condemned the targeting of children with tear gas, stun grenades and rubber-coated bullets.

Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld claimed that there were ‘disturbances’ in the Shufat area after locals threw stones at municipality workers.

Israeli border police used ‘non-lethal’ weapons and a 10-year-old boy was moderately injured and taken to hospital, he added.

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