Israeli soldiers shoot child playing with toy gun

A Palestinian child playing with a plastic rifle was shot and wounded by Israeli soldiers near the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Friday, medical and security sources said.

Miras al-Azza (12) was shot in the belly when Israel soldiers opened fire on a group of children playing with a plastic rifle in the Aydah refugee camp.

The soldiers fired from a military position at the camp’s entrance, the sources added.

An Israeli army spokesperson said that soldiers operating in the camp had fired in the direction of a group of armed men.

“They were grown and armed,” the spokesperson insisted. “[The soldiers] fired one bullet at them, but did not identify hitting anyone.”—AFP

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