A 14-year-old Palestinian boy has been placed into a medically-induced coma after Israeli soldiers shot him in the face with a rubber bullet during a protest against a US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Mohammed Tamimi was shot at close range in the village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank on Friday, according to witnesses.
Manal Tamimi, a second cousin of Mohammed, said the bullet entered the teen’s face below his nose and broke his jaw before getting lodged in his skull.
“The blood was pouring from his face like a fountain,” the 43-year-old mother of four told Al Jazeera on Sunday.
“It was so scary. No one knew what to do. We were scared to move him. He had passed out and we were afraid he had already died.”