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Nil'in surrounded by Israeli troops, demonstrators pray on confiscated lands

Aug. 29, 2008 6:52 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 29, 2008 6:52 P.M.)
Ni'lin - Ma'an - Despite the presence of Israeli forces around the village, and the journalists who were barred from entering the area, the protesters from Ni'lin reached the separation wall and performed their Friday prayers on the confiscated lands.

In his speech to those praying Skeikh Mohamad Ka'an praised the steadfastness of residents in confronting the Israeli attacks. He said that he wished all sides would take responsibility for the residents of Ni'lin, especially those harmed by the construction of the wall.

Friday's rally came one day after the Israeli army attack on the residents during which seven children were injured including Baha' Abu Srur who was hit in the head by a rubber-coated steel bullet. Rezeq Khalil Nafe was also hit by a metal bullet in the chest and underwent a successful surgery in Ramallah hospital.

During the demonstration protesters cut the barbed wires installed by the Israeli army which aimed at preventing the protesters from reaching the Israeli bulldozers constructing the wall. Youth from the village placed the cut barbed wire in front of the bulldozers. The Israeli soldiers attacked the residents by firing gas canisters and sound bombs on the youth, three residents suffocated after inhaling gas.

The media spokesperson of the Ni'lin popular committee against the wall, Salah Al-Khawajah said "Ni'lin is under daily massacres similar to what happened on Thursday when eleven people including seven children were shot by rubber coated metal bullets." He also told of Israeli troops surrounding the girls secondary school in the village and intimidating them by throwing sound bombs intentionally on residents' homes. These actions, Al-Khawajah said, injured a four year old child, as well as a pregnant mother and her children.

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