The cousin of Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi admitted during an interrogation that he was not shot in his head during clashes last year, but rather was injured in a bike accident, Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, wrote Tuesday in a Facebook post in Arabic.
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Mohammed Tamimi, the 15-year-old cousin of Ahed – who was caught on film slapping Israel Defense Forces soldiers on December 15, 2017, and is currently facing trial – was shot minutes before that incident in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh.
At the time, Tamimi was seriously wounded and was operated on by doctors who extracted bullet fragments from his skull. Tamimi was arrested Monday in his village, along with nine other Palestinian youths, half of whom are minors.
Tamimi was released after his interrogation.
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Writing on Almunasseq, COGAT’s Arabic-language Facebook page, Mordechai challenged the original story behind Tamimi’s head injury. He wrote that while being questioned by police, the teen admitted that, as opposed to claims by his father that he was injurred by rubber-tipped bullets during clashes, "he was injured while he was riding his bicycle and fell off it."
According to the IDF general, the fall "caused a blow to his skull when hitting the handlebars." Mordechai claimed that it was the injury from this accident, and not a bullet, that prompted doctors to operate and remove a part of the teen’s skull.
"What is the truth about Mohammed Tamimi? His father claimed that his son had a rubber bullet in his skull and that the doctors had to remove part of his skull in order take it out," the COGAT chief wrote, adding sarcastically, "Wonder of wonders. Today, the boy himself confessed to the police and to COGAT that in December his skull was injured when he was riding his bicycle."
– Mohammed Tamimi – 15 years old from Nebi Saleh