Two young Palestinian football players shot by Israeli forces last month have learned that they will never be able to play sports again due to their injuries, according to doctors.
Doctors at Ramallah governmental hospital said the pair will need six months of treatment before they can evaluate if the two will even be able to ever walk again, at best.
According to a lawyer for the Palestinian Authority’s ministry of prisoners’ affairs, Israeli soldiers shot 17-year-old Adam Abdarrouf Jamous and 19-year-old Jawhar Nasser al-Din Halbieh several times at a checkpoint near east Jerusalem on Thursday evening.
Tareq Barghouth said the soldiers opened fire without warning in Jamous and Halbieh’s direction, hitting them with several bullets before setting dogs on them.
Barghouth added that the dogs severely mauled Halbieh, inflicting numerous wounds. Israeli forces then kicked, punched and hit the two teens with the butts of their rifles as they them on the ground over several hundred meters.
Medical reports said that Jawhar was shot with 11 bullets, seven in his left foot, three in his right, and one in his left hand. Halabiya was shot once in each foot.
Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association Jibril al-Rajoub condemned the shooting and said that “Israeli brutality against them emphasizes the occupation’s insistence on destroying Palestinian sport."
Rajoub called for imposing penalties on the Israeli football association, and demanded its removal from the FIFA as it should not accept racist organizations that do not adhere to international law.