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Al-Barghouthi: Barak should resign after second close-range shooting in Ni'lin

Sept. 1, 2008 1:27 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 1, 2008 1:27 P.M.)
Ramallah - Ma'an - Ayed Sadeq Abu Srour was shot in the head and chest at close range as Israeli soldiers detained the 40-year-old's brother on Monday morning in the village of Ni'lin.

Ayed lost one of his eyes and is in hospital, he is the father of four children.

Secretary General of Palestinian National Initiative Mustafa Al-Barghouthi said Israeli forces blew-up the entranceway of Srour's home, and threw gas and sound bombs into the resulting hole before raiding the house and detaining Aqel Abu Srour.

Aqel was pushed to the ground and handcuffed, while Ayed -his brother- was shot at close range.

"Israeli practices," Said Al-Barghouthi, "aim at breaking the popular struggle in Ni'lin," and seek to make an example of the efforts of the village residents. He condemned the "brutal" and "ugly" methods chosen to put down peaceful resistance, and affirmed that this will not stop the anti-wall campaigns in Ni'lin, Bil'in, Al-Ma'sara or "any other place across Palestine."

In his statement sent to Ma'an, Al-Barghouthi recalled that "this Israeli crime is not first of its kind," and reminded all of the shooting of Ashraf Abu Rahmah two months ago at close range with his hands cuffed and eyes masked.

Al-Barghouthi called for the "prosecution of Israeli soldiers and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak who is personally responsible for such crimes in front of war crimes tribunals."

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