9-Year-Old Kochav Yaakov Girl Lightly To Moderately Injured By Stray Bullet From Ramallah


JERUSALEM (VINnews) — In a disturbing reminder of the dangers of unrestricted weapon usage in Arab towns situated near Jewish communities, a 9-year-old Jewish girl from Kochav Yaakov north of Jerusalem was injured by a stray bullet Friday morning.

Avigayil was playing with her friends on the morning of Shavuot when she suddenly saw that her shoulder was bleeding and she had a hole in her dress. The girl’s father said that she had been playing at the entrance to her building when “suddenly she felt something fall on her.

“She didn’t understand what it was,” the father recounted. “She saw that she had holes in her dress and body and understood that it wasn’t an injury and that something penetrated her body. She was taken straight to the medical clinic, and after the doctor checked her, he said that it would seem to be a bullet and that she must go to the hospital since there was an entry wound but no exit wound. At the time I was at the synagogue, I got there only after she was taken to receive medical care.”

Avigail was taken to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem with a penetration wound in her upper body. “She was released from the hospital, now she’s resting at home, thank G-d,” the father added.

Upon receiving the report of the incident, the residents of Kochav Yaakov, adjacent to the chareidi community of Tel Tziyon, were ordered to take shelter inside buildings, lock their doors, and close windows due to a fear of terrorist infiltration. Later it was learned that the bullet seemingly came from nearby Ramallah, and the lockdown was ended.

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