Abdul Rahman Nawfal, 12, sits in a hospital bed in the West Bank city of Ramallah on April 23, 2018, after his leg was amputated following an injury sustained during clashes with Israeli forces near the Gaza-Israel border.
Ramallah: Doctors have amputated the leg of a Palestinian boy whose image went viral after he was shot by Israeli occupation troops on the Gaza border.
A picture of 12-year-old Abdul Rahman Nawfal screaming in pain after being shot was widely shared on Palestinian and Arabic social media last week after he was shot near the border fence.
The shooting occurred on Tuesday during clashes along the frontier east of Al Bureij in central Gaza.
He was later taken from Gaza to the West Bank for treatment but doctors were unable to save the leg.
Attempting to smile as he lay on his hospital bed in Ramallah, Nawfal said he had been stoning soldiers of the Israeli regime close to the border when he was shot.
“My friends went to throw stones at the [occupation] army near Al Bureij camp. I went with them and started to throw stones,” he told AFP. “Soon after I felt the injury.”
He said he dreamed of becoming a doctor and would still like to realise that dream.
To leave Gaza for treatment in the West Bank, Palestinians have to get permits from the regime in Tel Aviv which critics say are difficult to obtain.
On Friday, Gaza teenager Mohammad Ayoub was killed by Israeli gunfire during border protests.
The 15-year-old’s death, and the wounding of other youths brought a scathing response from a senior United Nations official.
“It is OUTRAGEOUS to shoot at children… #Children must be protected from #violence, not exposed to it,” UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process Nikolay Mladenov wrote on Twitter.
Forty Palestinians in Gaza have been killed since wide-scale protests broke out on March 30.
Israel has for a decade maintained a blockade of Gaza it says is necessary to isolate Hamas. Critics say it amounts to collective punishment of the two million residents.