A 13-year-old Palestinian child lost his eye after being hit by a rubber-coated steel bullet fired by Israeli military forces during a protest against Israel's policy of illegal settlement expansion and land confiscation.

Palestinian medical sources said that "Izz Al-Din Nidal Al-Batsh" was injured in the right eye before being rushed to a hospital in Hebron, in the south of the occupied West Bank, 30 kilometers south of Jerusalem, on Friday.

The father of the injured young man, Nidal, told local media that his son was injured while he was in a store in the Bab al-Zawiya neighborhood of the city.
Nidal added that the clashes were taking place between the Israeli forces and a group of Palestinian demonstrators at that time, stressing that Izz al-Din was not involved in the incident.

The Palestinian man pointed out that the Israeli occupation soldiers randomly fired live bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs, which hit many of the nearby shops and residential buildings.

Palestinian and Jewish activists organize weekly protests across the West Bank every Friday to denounce Israel's policies of confiscating land and demolishing homes, as well as threatening evictions.

The occupation soldiers use live ammunition against the demonstrators to disperse them. As a result, a number of Palestinians were wounded by bullets, while others were suffering from breathing difficulties due to the use of tear gas by the forces during the clashes.