Israeli forces across the border fence shot Khaled, then 16, near Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza with live ammunition on May 23, critically injuring him. The bullet caused an arm fracture, damage to multiple organs, as well as severe bleeding that left him in a coma.
On the treating doctor’s recommendation, the family applied for an urgent permit for Khaled and an escort to travel through the Israeli-controlled Erez crossing to Jerusalem for specialized care, but the permit was denied.
“We are waiting to transfer him to the hospital in Jerusalem, but we don’t know why Israel is refusing to let him in through Erez crossing,” said Khaled’s father to Defense for Children International – Palestine. “He has the right to be treated and return home to his family and his school.”