A teenaged Palestinian boy was hit by a bullet to the head on Wednesday, as Palestinian security officers clashed with masked gunmen in the village of Kafr Aqab, in the occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem.
Hamza al-Wahsh, aged 15, was in front of his family home at dawn when a stray bullet hit him in the head, according to Palestinian security sources.
Al-Wahsh was evacuated to the Ramallah Medical Center, where doctors said he was in critical condition.
Clashes broke also in the nearby Qalandia refugee camp and the neighborhood of Semiramis.
Palestinian security forces began a crackdown, overnight Tuesday in north Jerusalem neighborhoods, after masked gunmen stopped Palestinian Authority Minister of Social Development Ibrahim al-Shaer at gunpoint near Qalandia refugee camp, earlier that day, and hijacked his car.
A Palestinian security official told Ma’an News Agency, at the time, that the assailants were not specifically targeting al-Shaer, but “only wanted to attack any Palestinian government vehicle.”
Several stores sustained damages during the dawn clashes, on Wednesday, which lasted a few hours on the main road between Qalandia, Kafr Aqab and Semiramis.
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.