Gaza boy’s leg amputated after border clash with Israel

Doctors have amputated the leg of a Palestinian boy whose image went viral after he was shot by Israeli troops in clashes on the Gaza border with Israel.

A picture of 12-year-old Abdel 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 Israeli soldiers close to the border when he was shot.

“My friends went to throw stones at the army near Al-Bureij camp. I went with them and started to throw stones,” he tells AFP. “Soon after, I felt the injury.”


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