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Ni'lin residents pray on confiscated lands; clashes erupt with Israeli soldiers

Aug. 22, 2008 9:29 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 22, 2008 9:29 P.M.)
Ni'lin -Ma'an - Residents of the village of Ni'lin west of Ramallah prayed on their lands that have been confiscated for the construction of the separation wall on Friday.

The Popular Committee Against the Wall headed a peaceful demonstration to the site of the construction wall. Each week residents and activists attempt to reach the confiscated areas, and are generally stopped by Israeli soldiers guarding the area.

After the Friday prayers Palestinian youth closed the roads that the Israeli army opened for the construction of the wall. Though Israeli soldiers who were already at the site of the wall told protesters that the area was a closed military zone.

Soldiers used sound bombs and called for additional troops in order to surround the group of protesters.

The clashes erupted. Israeli soldiers chases Palestinian youth to the entrance of the village and fired gas bombs on them.

Soldiers installed road blocks at the entrances of the village closing it and preventing international peace activists from entering; turning back a Spanish delegation of fifteen people.

A German crew who meant to cover the event in Ni'lin was prevented from entering the village and were detained for hours outside the village by the Israeli army.

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