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Photographer shot with rubber bullet at West Bank protest

July 19, 2013 7:29 P.M. (Updated: July 21, 2013 7:11 P.M.)
By: Sheren Nassir
NABI SALEH (Ma'an) -- Israeli soldiers shot and injured a photographer with a rubber bullet at a protest in Nabi Saleh on Friday.

Around 60 protesters marched through Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah, and burned tires to block the main road. Soldiers confronted the demonstrators on foot and fired tear gas and rubber-coated bullets.

A photographer working for the Israeli organization B'Tselem was shot in the leg with a rubber-coated steel bullet, a Ma'an reporter said. She was taken to hospital in Tel Aviv.

Two people were hit by tear gas canisters and an olive grove caught fire

An Israeli military spokeswoman said around 80 Palestinians hurled rocks at security forces. She told Ma'an that soldiers responded with "riot dispersal means" but said no rubber bullets were fired.

On Tuesday, Israeli forces shot 22-year-old Mahmoud Tamimi with live fire during a protest in the village.

He has undergone surgery and is in a stable condition in hospital, his relatives told Ma'an on Friday.

An Israeli military spokesman said soldiers sensed an "imminent danger to their lives" at the protest on Tuesday after demonstrators threw rocks and rolled burning tires toward them.

He said soldiers "fired towards a main instigator, registering a direct hit."

Since 2009, residents of Nabi Saleh and international activists have been protesting every Friday against the annexation of land by Israel.

Since 1977, half of the Nabi Saleh's farmland has been lost to encroaching Israeli settlements.
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