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Ni'lin: 7 protesters 4 soldiers injured in anti-wall march

Sept. 19, 2008 8:21 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 19, 2008 8:21 P.M.)
Ni'lin - Ma'an - Six Palestinians and an international peace activist were shot by live Israeli ammunition and dozens others choked on tear gas during a protest in the village of Ni'lin on Friday afternoon.

Sheikh Murad A'meera delivered the Friday sermon to locals and demonstrators before the march, in which he called for unity among Palestinians in the name of resistance to occupation. He congratulated those who participated in the event, and called for more actions to continue the struggle against the wall and settlements.

The non violent protest began after the Friday prayers, and saw demonstrators march from the village center to the lands confiscated by the construction of the separation wall.

The Israeli army had placed barbed wire around the lands confiscated for construction of the wall, and prevented protesters from reaching the area by firing live bullets and tear gas at protesters. The group tried to disable the bulldozers working at the site, and succeeded for a short while.

Four Israeli soldiers were injured when a group of village youth threw stones at soldiers firing live bullets.

Media spokesperson of the anti wall popular campaign in Ni'lin Salah Al- Khawjah said that there were seven local children who had been arrested ten days ago for throwing stones. Military courts ordered the families pay 3,000 shekels (850 US dollars). Six of the seven arrested are under the age of eleven and should not have been charged. The seventh is 14-year-old Abed Ar- Rahman Al- Khawajah , whose parents the court ordered to pay 6,000 sheleks for his temporary release, after which he will be brought to trial for throwing rocks at a soldier.

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