RAMALLAH, Sunday, March 14, 2021 (WAFA) - The Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs Commission reported on the affidavit of Palestinian minor prisoner, Ahmad Falna, who was shot five times by Israeli forces in the village of Saffa to the West of Ramallah.
Falna, 17, told the commission’s lawyer the details of the day he was shot and injured with live ammunition by Israeli forces on the 26th of February, saying that he was present near the Israeli separation barrier when forces opened fire at him, shooting him five times in the thigh and lower abdomen area, and when he collapsed to the ground soldiers attacked him.
He said soldiers began beating him up and mocking him in utter indifference to his bleeding wounds, before ripping off his clothes and placing him inside the military vehicle.
According to Falna, he was left bleeding inside the army vehicle for around thirty minutes before the ambulance arrived. Forces transferred Falna to Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital, inside Israel, for medical treatment.
Falna said that he was kept hand and leg chained to the bed throughout his stay at the hospital, before being taken to Megiddo Israeli prison four days later.
He indicated that his wounds are still bleeding and that he suffers from immense pain in his legs, particularly the right leg, has difficulty walking, and lives on pain relievers.
The commission also cited two other cases of maltreatment by Israeli forces against two detained Palestinian minor prisoners who were identified as Mahmoud al-Khateeb, 14, and Ali Mohammed Ali, 16, both are from Shufa’at refugee camp in occupied Jerusalem.
Both minors said they were maltreated at their arrest and during interrogation at al-Maskobiya detention center west of the city of Jerusalem, where they were beaten up and smacked by interrogators to force confessions from them.
By the end of January, 4500 Palestinians are incarcerated in Israeli prisons, among them 37 women and 140 minors/children.
Since 1967, Palestinian children from the West Bank have been living under Israeli military law. They are the only children in the world who are systematically prosecuted in military courts, which consistently lack fair trial rights and fail to meet juvenile justice standards.