08-15-2008, 09:09 AM
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Seventeen Palestinians wounded in West bank clashes
Quote:The Israeli border police said its forces had come under attack from youths throwing stones and had used tear gas and rubber-coated metal bullets.
"Our forces didn't identify any hits. But at the same time I should tell you that whoever participates in riots is liable to be hurt," a spokesman said.
Ni'ilin, a village of 5000, has become a major flashpoint of unarmed demonstrations against Israel's building of its West Bank separation barrier on occupied and confiscated Palestinian land.
Thirteen of the wounded were struck by rubber coated metal bullets while four were struck by tear gas canisters, paramedic Salah al-Khawajeh said.
Four of the injured were fourteen years old or younger, he added.
Israeli security forces say the Palestinians frequently use women and children as "human shields" during the protests.
Lilith Fransen, 25, a Danish university student and volunteer with the pro-Palestinian International Solidarity Movement, was at the front of yesterday's march towards the barrier construction site, accompanied by two Israeli demonstrators and a Palestinian protester.
She said that when the 50-60 protesters had gone about ten yards outside the village, Israeli security forces opened fire with tear gas.
"There hadn't been any stonethrowing. It was a totally non-violent demonstration," She said.
She said that she tried to protect her Palestinian colleague from being arrested and was pushed by several border policeman, twisting her ankle.
Later, when she was at the village clinic for treatment she saw several youths throwing stones.
Border police responded by shooting at them and anyone else who was in the street, she said.
"Most people stayed in their houses but the border police aimed at everyone who was in the streets. They were smoking cigarettes while they aimed. It looked like they were playing a computer game."
Two weeks ago seventeen year old Youssef Amireh was shot in the head with two rubber coated metal bullets by border police in Ni'ilin and died five days later. That shooting came after the funeral of a ten year old boy, Ahmed Musa, hit by live border police fire to the head. A border policeman was wounded by a stone that struck his eye the same day as the boy's death.
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