A Palestinian resident has been critically injured by live IDF fire in Issawiya, East Jerusalem, according to Palestinian sources, among them my family members who live there.
Clashes erupted late Tuesday when the Israeli army entered the town in order to arrest a resident on charges of throwing stones. The arrest caused heightened tensions in the town and dozens of young residents gathered to confront the soldiers.
The clashes between the soldiers and the residents concentrated in Hai Abeid, which is downtown Issawiya, and continued until the early hours of the morning. According to witnesses, over a dozen Palestinians were injured. One of the wounded residents was hit with a rubber-coated bullet in his head and is currently in critical situation.
The Israeli border guard reported two injuries of Israeli soldiers who were taken to Hadassah hospital.
The army has deployed more soldiers to the area and the current situation is still tense.
Confrontations between the Israeli army and residents of Issawiya are very common, especially when the army enters the town. In the past two years dozens of residents have been injured and arrested and one child was killed from inhaling tear gas.