Friday, July 27, 2007

AATW: Palestinian protestor shot in the head with a rubber bullet

On Friday 20th July 2007, in Bil'in village at the weekly demonstration against the Hafrada (separation) wall (fence) a Palestinian was protestor shot in the head with a rubber bullet

AATW reports:
Bil’in’s Friday protest saw over 300 Palestinian, Israeli and international supporters march towards the Israeli Apartheid Wall. As soon as the protesters were in sight of the Israeli soldiers, the latter began shooting a rain of tear gas and rubber bullets towards the protesters. Nevertheless, the demonstrators managed to regroup numerous times at different points, always getting closer to the wall.

The excessive firing of tear gas resulted once more in numerous fires among the olive trees. Despite the tear gas, some protesters and villagers rushed to extinguish the flames, using branches and their feet to beat and flames.

At least seven were injured, including a Palestinian young man who was hit in the head by a rubber bullet from only a few meters away. The youth was carried to the ambulance and taken to the Ramallah hospital, where he is still hospitalized. Two Israeli activists were hit by a tear gas canister, one in the face and another in the arm, from very close range.

This latest violence against the non-violent protestors
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The Bi'lin demonstration has been running for over two years now and received scant worldwide news coverage.

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