Israeli Forces Arrested Ahed Tamimi’s Cousin Who Was Shot In Head
The 15-year-old Mohammed who had part of his skull removed was reportedly arrested by Israeli soldiers in a pre-dawn raid.

Israeli forces have conducted a raid early on Monday and arrested 10 Palestinians residents of the village of Nabi Saleh, including five minors. One of those detained was a teenage Palestinian boy Mohammed Tamimi, the cousin of Ahed Tamimi.

Mohammed was shot an hour before Ahed, a global symbol of the Palestinian resistance movement, slapped Israel Defense Forces soldiers on December 15, 2017, in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh.

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Ahed’s trial began last week behind closed doors and she is due in court again in March. Ahed said in court she was angry over her cousin being shot by soldiers an hour earlier. She faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

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The boy was seriously wounded and was operated on by doctors who extracted bullet fragments from his skull. Mohammed was taken from his bed in the middle of the night along with nine other Palestinian youths in an IDF raid.

The Israeli military confirmed Mohammed was arrested overnight and has been released after being interrogated by the police despite the fact that his medical condition has been widely reported on in the Israeli press, and his head remains badly deformed.

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Hours after Mohammed’s release, Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, wrote Tuesday in a Facebook post in Arabic that Mohammed admitted during an interrogation that he was not shot in his head during clashes last year, but rather was injured in a bike accident.

His family has disproved claims by Mordechai that the teenager said his head injuries had actually been caused in a bike accident. The Tamimi family refuted the claims by releasing medical records of the Istishari Hospital in Ramallah, stating he suffered a bullet injury.

“The above-mentioned patient presented to our hospital on 15/12/2017 immediately after a bullet injury (head trauma) by Israeli soldiers (left maxillary area entrance, no exit wound),” the document reads.

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