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Five injured in Ni'lin protest

Aug. 1, 2008 5:28 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 1, 2008 5:28 P.M.)
Ramallah - Ma'an - Five locals were injured after being hit by rubber coated metal bullets at a protest in the West Bank village of Ni'lin on Friday.

The demonstration was held to protest the construction of the separation wall that will see large tracts of the village's land confiscated. It began with a peaceful march to the construction site where demonstrators began to carry out their Friday prayers. The crowd was attacked by Israeli forces, who fired barrages of rubber bullets and tear gas, injuring five.

Local sources say that the soldiers pursued the locals to the entrance of the village where they fired teargas into some houses causing breathing problems amongst residents, including women and children.

Ayman Nafi, head of Ni'lin municipality said that a number of gas canisters were fired at the health clinic and started a fire in the surrounding area which was extinguished by fire fighting vehicles that rushed to the scene.

There have been regular demonstrations in recent weeks in Ni'lin to protest the confiscation of land belonging to the village's residents. There have been dozens injured and this week two locals were killed after being shot by Israeli forces.
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