The injured Mohammad Al-Sheikh…From recovery rooms to investigation to being sentenced to 10 years in prison
June 15, 2020

From injury and treatment in the intensive care rooms to the cellars of the investigation and imprisonment until the issuance of a 10-year prison sentence, this is how the boy Mohammad Al-Sheikh spent the last months of his life, hoping that his suffering would end soon.

The story of the 16-year-old Mohammad Al-Sheikh, from the village of Ezaryeh, east of Jerusalem, began in mid-August, while he was accompanied by his friend Moukafih Abu Roumi 14, where heavy fire was opened towards them near Al-Silsileh Gate - one of Al-Aqsa Mosque’s gates - on the pretext of trying to carry out a stabbing attack against police individuals, which led to seriously injuring Al-Sheikh and Abu Rumi’s martyrdom.

Khader Al-Sheikh, Mohammad’s father, explained that the District Court sentenced his son last Sunday to an actual imprisonment for 10 years, pointing out at his health condition still needed follow-up and medical observation especially that one of the bullets settled below the heart, expressing his concern for his health in the future and the extent of the impact of the bullet on his life.

Al-Sheikh added that his son remained in the hospital for about 3 months, then he was transferred to Ofer Prison. During this period, his mother was able to visit him only once, while his father is still banned from visiting him until today, while awaiting a permit to visit him to check on him.

The suffering of the Al-Sheikh family does not stop at the injury and arrest of their son, Mohammad, as his brother Shawkat, 19, was also arrested days after Mohammad’s injury and sentenced to one year in prison. His parents were not allowed to visit him.