Malek Akram Shahin

December 8, 2015: Malek Akram Shahin, 18, was shot in the head with a hollow-point bullet by Israeli soldiers after the army invaded the Deheishe refugee camp.

A surgeon said that the hollow-point bullet penetrated Malek’s skull and detonated into more than three hundred smaller pieces, causing numerous skull fractures and extensive brain damage.

He also stated the bullet seems to be advanced type of hollow rounds the army is using, even more dangerous than the Dumdum illegal rounds, which detonate upon impact.

Eyewitnesses said a large Israeli military force invaded the refugee camp from various directions, leading to clashes with dozens of local youths, who hurled stones and empty bottles on them.

The army fired dozens of live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs, causing several injuries.

The soldiers stormed and searched dozens of homes in the camp, and kidnapped five Palestinians, known to be members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

Such bullets can cause damage to an aircraft, armored vehicles, and are designed to maximize tissue damage, bones, blood loss and shock.

Hollow bullets have been prohibited since The Hague Convention of 1899, Declaration III, that came as a continuance of the Sr. Petersburg, which banned the use of all exploding rounds.

However, the Israeli army has been frequently using those types of rounds against Palestinian civilians, including in the First Intifada of 1987.

Back in October, surgeons in the Hadassah Israeli Hospital in Jerusalem amputated the leg of child detainee, Issa Adnan Abdul-Mo’ty, 13 years of age, after various surgeries failed to save his right leg. He was also shot with a Dumdum bullet.

Earlier in November, detainee, Issa Jalal Sharawna, 17 years old, had his leg amputated, in Assaf HaRofeh Israeli hospital, as a result of severe injuries he sustained in early October, after Israeli settlers shot him.

Malek was from Deheishe refugee camp, in Bethlehem. Source: IMEMC