Palestinian parents initially banned from visiting wounded son

An IDF spokesperson said that soldiers had “fired at a Palestinian who destroy [a section] of the security fence and moved to the other side.”

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July 31, 2017 00:34
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Palestinians parents were banned for a week from visiting their son Mahmoud Khadomi, 13, in the Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba after he was shot in the legs by the IDF on July 23, according to the left-wing NGO Machsom Watch.
 
An IDF spokesperson said that soldiers had “fired at a Palestinian who destroyed [a section] of the security fence and moved to the other side.”
 
Machsom Watch said that Mahmoud was collecting wood near his home on the outskirts of Jayyus village, which is located next to the barrier.
 
He was on land owned by his family and had told his mother that he planned to return soon for lunch, the NGO said.
 
A spokeswoman for Meir Medical Center said that the teen had been seriously injured, undergone an eight-hour surgery and was now recovering.
 
Machsom Watch said that after the surgery the parents were not allowed to see the teenager, because he was under arrest and his family could not afford the NIS 4,000 bail that had been set by a military judge.
 
Since he was shot, the IDF had held two closed hearings in his case, the NGO said.
 
It added that in response to press queries on Sunday, the IDF rescinded its ban and allowed the parents to be with their son.
 
The Meir Medical Center spokeswoman said that his parents had initially not been allowed to be with him, but that now they could be by his side.
 
Mahmoud’s father, Muhammad, was able to collect the NIS 4,000 from people who heard about the family’s situation and paid the bail for his son on Monday. But he told The Jerusalem Post he had returned to court, because the soldiers were still by his son’s bedside.

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