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Ten-year-old boy killed by Israeli forces during clashes in Ni'lin

July 29, 2008 7:59 P.M. (Updated: July 29, 2008 7:59 P.M.)
Ramallah - Ma'an - Ten-year-old Ahmad Husam Yousif Musa was killed by Israeli forces on Tuesday evening during clashes in the village of Ni'lin, west of Ramallah.

Eyewitnesses reported that the child was shot in the head at close range and died immediately. His body was transferred to a Ramallah hospital.

The former mayor of Ni'lin, Muhammad Srour, told Ma'an that while the Israeli bulldozers were finishing their daily work on the separation wall in the village, demonsrators headed to the site and were met with tear gas and rubber bullets.

Soon afterwards Israeli troops fired live ammunition directly at the crowd, which was gathered at the construction site, hitting Yousif Musa in the head.

The Israeli military has not yet given a full account of the incident but said they are carrying out 'a careful and thorough invertigation.'

Ni'lin residents have staged daily protests and marches against the separation wall, which is being built on the village's land. Some 77 demonstrations, sit-ins, and protests against the wall have been held in the village so far. The Israeli military frequently responds by shooting tear gas, sound bombs, rubber-coated metal bullets and live ammunition towards demonstrators and bystanders.

The Israeli wall will confiscate some 2,500 dunams of land belonging to the village, whose residents depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. A dunam is 1,000 square metres or approximately a quarter of an acre.

At least 10 other people have died in protests against the wall.

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