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Disturbing Photos Of Blindfolded, Handcuffed Boy Shot While Fleeing Soldiers

WARNING: Graphic photos

A 15-year-old Palestinian boy has been shot trying to flee Israeli soldiers while handcuffed and blindfolded.

The teenager, Osama al-Badan, was arrested for allegedly taking part in disturbances in the Palestinian village of Tuqu', south of Bethlehem in the West Bank, last Thursday.

Handcuffed and blindfolded, al-Badan tried to flee before Israeli soldiers opened fire on him.

The boy's father, Ali al-Badan told CNN his son had been shot in both legs by a pistol.

"He was detained by the soldiers for doing nothing," said Ali al-Badan.

"They accused him of throwing stones. I am sure he didn't. He has nothing to hide and would have admitted if he did throw a stone. But is that an excuse to shoot him?"

Palestinian Osama Ali al-Badan (R), running away from Israeli soldiers while handcuffed and blindfolded. Image: Mohammed Hmeid

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed the shooting in a statement, and said it was "under investigation".

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The disturbances came after the funeral of a Palestinian schoolteacher, who had been killed in a traffic accident.

An Israeli soldier performing first aid on Palestinian Osama Ali al-Badan (C), after he was shot by Israeli forces as he was already detained. Image: Mohammed Hmeid

Palestinian civilians and Israeli forces clashed after the funeral, with the IDF saying there was "massive stone throwing" and people driving "which endangered the lives of civilians and the forces".

Osama al-Badan receiving treatment at Beit Jala Hospital. Image: Getty Images

Al-Badan was detained after being shot, with Israeli soldiers using a tourniquet to stem the bleeding.

Video shows another soldier point his weapon at a group of Palestinians who had rushed over to help.

The boy was taken to Beit Jala Hospital near Bethlehem, where he remains in a critical but stable condition, his father told CNN.

Al-Badan is no longer under arrest.