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Video: Israeli soldiers shoot incapacitated Palestinian after alleged stabbing attempt

Dec. 15, 2017 5:45 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 16, 2017 2:28 P.M.)
Photo of the injured Palestinian man
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian youth was critically injured on Friday after being shot multiple times with live ammunition by Israeli forces in the central occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.

The young Palestinian man, whose identity remained unknown, reportedly attempted to stab an Israeli soldier with a knife, lightly injuring the soldier.

Video from Hayat TV shows Israeli soldiers firing two shots at the youth, causing him to fall to the ground.

Despite the Palestinian being clearly incapacitated, Israeli soldiers continued to fire at him, hitting him with at least one more bullet.

According to witnesses, Israeli soldiers continued firing around the young man in an attempt to prevent medics from reaching him.

Crews from the Palestinian Red Crescent managed to evacuate the young man to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah, where sources told Ma’an he was in critical condition and undergoing multiple surgeries.

Photos showed the young man wearing what appeared to be an explosive device, though it remained unclear if it was real or not.

Photo of the explosive belt found on the injured Palestinian

Hundreds of Palestinians have been shot by Israeli forces near settlements and checkpoints in the West Bank for allegedly attempting to carry out stabbing and car-ramming attacks against Israeli forces and settlers.

Israeli forces routinely shoot Palestinians, oftentimes killing them, during these alleged attacks on Israelis, even if the Palestinian could be detained through nonlethal means. This Israeli practice has prompted rights groups to accuse Israel of carrying out extrajudicial executions on Palestinians.

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