By Ben White
On Sunday, an undercover unit of Israel’s Border Police conducted an arrest raid in Shuafat refugee camp, an area of Occupied East Jerusalem locked behind the Separation Wall.
Encountering resistance from local residents, the undercover forces requested assistance, and a large number of uniformed Israeli forces entered the camp. The police, in order to “extract the undercover unit and the detainee”, deployed “tear gas, sponge-tipped bullets and stun grenades.”
Nafaz Damiri was shopping in Shuafat when the raid took place. As he stood taking shelter inside a supermarket, Israeli forces shot him in the face with a sponge bullet. The 55-year-old husband and father of one, who was born deaf and dumb, has now lost his right eye.
Following the raid, the Israeli police tweeted the following (thanks to Sol Salbe for translation):
During an arrest of a suspect in Shuafat dozens of residents began throwing stones at the border police force. The force made use of [unspecified] means and left with the detainee. Later on a demonstrator was evacuated for medical treatment.
במהלך מעצר חשוד בשועפאט החלו עשרות תושבים ליידות אבנים לעבר כוח מג"ב. הכוח השתמש באמצעים ויצא עם העצור. בהמשך פונה מפגין לקבלת טיפול רפואי
— משטרת ישראל (@IL_police) July 12, 2015
– Read more: Shoot and Lie: Israeli Forces Are Killing Civilians with Impunity – Ben White, Middle East Monitor.