A 16-year-old Palestinian girl told The Jerusalem Report she has never experienced anything like the shooting of a Palestinian teenager in Jerusalem.
Nadeem al-Ameri was shot in the head by a sniper in a crowded market on Tuesday.
The teenager told The Report that he was walking near his home in the city’s Old City when he was confronted by the sniper.
“I was walking home from school when I saw him.
I heard shots fired and I went to investigate,” the teenager said.
“I went to my mother’s house and I was shocked.
I saw my cousin, his father and brother on the ground and I knew I was in trouble.”
He said the sniper then shot him in the chest.
“The bullet hit me in the heart, and I collapsed on the street,” he said.
“The sniper fired a second shot, then fired another, and then fired a third shot, and he shot me again.”
Al-Ammari said the gunman shot him three times in the stomach.
“All I remember is feeling pain and then I started to cry,” he told The report.
“He fired two more shots in the same way, and one of them hit my head, and after that he fired another shot and I fell down.”
The teen said he is now in hospital recovering from his injuries.
“My head is still swollen and I have a big hole in my skull,” he added.
“It’s still painful, but the doctor told me I should be fine.”
Alam, the family’s representative in Israel, said he believes the sniper was inspired by the killing of two Israelis in Gaza in December.
“In this case, the shooting was done for a terrorist motive,” he wrote in a letter to The Jerusalem report.
“If we don’t stop this, we’ll never stop it,” Alam added.
The boy, who cannot be named because he is under 18, is now studying at a Jerusalem school.
“We were afraid, and we don,t have time to be afraid anymore.
We want to protect ourselves from the shooter,” he explained.
“But it’s up to the Israelis to do everything in their power to stop the killing.”
Alama reported from Jerusalem.