BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli authorities have denied a Palestinian teenager an exit permit to travel from the besieged Gaza Strip to Jerusalem for medical treatment after the boy was shot and critically injured by Israeli forces at a protest last month, according to rights group Defense for Children International - Palestine (DCIP). Khalid Ghamri was shot with live ammunition on May 23 during clashes that erupted east of al-Bureij refugee camp in the “buffer zone” of the central Gaza Strip. He has since turned 17 years old.
Dozens of young protesters had taken to the border to protest in solidarity with a mass Palestinian prisoner hunger strike, and clashed with Israeli forces that fired live ammunition at the crowd.
The day before Khalid was shot, an unidentified Palestinian youth was also shot by Israeli forces with live ammunition in the leg, during clashes in the same area.
Gaza’s Ministry of Health reported at the time that Khalid, who was not yet named, was shot in the stomach. However, according to DCIP’s report, “the bullet caused an arm fracture, damage to multiple organs, as well as severe bleeding that left him in a coma.” According to DCIP, when the teen was hospitalized, a doctor recommended that the family apply for an urgent exit permit and an escort to travel through the Israeli-controlled Erez border crossing to Jerusalem for specialized care.
Khalid underwent surgery to remove his right kidney and repair damage to his aorta. Heavy blood loss carried the possibility of damage to other organs, including his brain, and caused a nine-day coma, medical sources at al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah told DCIP.
While Khalid was still in a coma, on May 27, his family applied for an exit permit so he could be treated in an Israeli hospital, but the Israeli Civil Affairs office denied the application.
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