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Protesters and Israeli soldiers injured in anti-wall rally in Ni'lin

July 28, 2008 9:46 A.M. (Updated: July 28, 2008 9:46 A.M.)
Ramallah - Ma'an - Seven Palestinians were injured as clashes erupted on Sunday evening between anti-wall protesters and Israeli soldiers in the central West Bank village of Ni'lin west of Ramallah.

International peace and solidarity activists took part in the rally which headed from the village's center towards construction sites where Israeli bulldozers were digging up fields belonging to the villagers. Before the rally could reach construction sites, Israeli soldiers intervened firing rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters heavily to disperse the rally.

As a result, dozens of protesters suffered suffocation as they inhaled tear gas, and 3 Israeli soldiers were also injured. One of the soldiers sustained wounds in his face and was evacuated by Israeli ambulance to the nearby settlement of Ha'hashmonaim. Seven Palestinian protesters were also injured. Local sources identified them as:

Malik Nafi' who received a rubber-coated metal bullet to the head, Muhammad Al-Khawaja, who sustained three rubber-coated bullet wounds to his neck and back, Mustafa Amira, a child who was hit in his chest, Zaydoon Srour, hit in his hand, Hilal Al-Khaweaja and Muhammad Srour, who received a rubber-coated bullet to the head for the seventh time. Confrontations lasted into the night.

Coordinator of Ni'lin anti-wall committee, 'Ahid Al-Khawaja, said the rally was part of a weekly programme which will continue as long as the Israelis continue to construct the wall and to confiscate Palestinian lands for settlements.

Meanwhile, Israeli authorities began to dig a tunnel which will be an-Israeli controlled entrance to Ni'lin after the wall is completed.

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