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Seven injured at anti-wall protest in Ni'lin

July 17, 2008 6:06 P.M. (Updated: July 17, 2008 6:06 P.M.)
Ramallah - Ma'an - Hundreds of the residents West Bank village of Ni'lin near Ramallah and nearby villages, along with international and Israeli peace activists participated in a peaceful demonstration against the Israeli separation wall on Thursday.

The rally took to the main streets of the village, marching from the village center to bulldozers that have been uprooting trees on village lands for the past 70 days. As the protesters approached the bulldozers, Israeli soldiers discharged tear gas. Seven people, including an international peace activists, were hit with rubber coated steel bullets and dozens of others suffered the effects of tear gas.

The spokesperson of the popular committee against the Wall in the village, Salah Al-Khawajah told Ma'an, " the Israeli army have started to put marks for the construction of a tunnel that will extend from the first third of the village to the wall and will be close to the homes in the north of the village. In the south of the village it will cut off 200 dunums of village lands, making it difficult for farmers to reach their lands."

Al-Khwajah called on governmental and non-governmental agencies to support the residents of Ni'lin, whose economy, education and health are gradually being destroyed by the wall's construction.

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