H.B.S is shorthand for “Hit By Soldiers” and Palestinian doctors have seen a lot of it
In Ramallah hospital, “H.B.S.” is shorthand for “Hit By Soldiers”.
On Friday 12 September, as on many other days, several people were admitted to the hospital with such notes indicating the source of their injuries.
That day local youth had confronted Israeli occupation soldiers near Ofer, the Israeli military compound on the outskirts of Ramallah. A university student got hit in the cheek by a steel rubber-coated bullet and required stitches inside his mouth; two other people sustained injuries in the leg after soldiers chased them to the cemetery of Beitunia village near Ofer, firing sound grenades directly at unarmed civilians. As they retreated from the village, Israeli occupation soldiers also threw sound grenades at clearly-identified members of the press and medics.
Back in Ramallah hospital, a young Palestinian from al-Ram near Ramallah was rushed to the emergency room at around 8 pm with a live ammunition wound in his leg.
That same day, Israeli occupation army injured 10 Palestinians during clashes in Silwad (Ramallah). One man, 37-year-old Osama Bseeso, was shot at the forehead with a steel rubber-coated bullet and his condition remains very serious.
This is H.B.S., a daily occurrence in Palestinian hospitals. We are not aware of any case in which an Israeli soldier or their commander were held responsible for such indiscriminate shooting at unarmed civilians. Please leave a comment in the below section if you are.
Israeli occupation army attack Beitunia on Friday 12 September: