Saturday, 6 June 2009


Israeli army kills one, injures 4 during non-violent demonstration in Ni'lin

During the weekly non-violent demonstration against the wall in the village of Ni'lin, in the central West Bank the Israeli army killed a 36-year old Palestinian man and wounded a Palestinian boy, who was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Three others sustained moderate wounds.

Palestinian injured by Israeli army fire
Palestinian injured by Israeli army fire

As they do every week, the villagers of Ni'lin, supported by international peace activists, held a demonstration to protest the Israeli construction of the wall on stolen village land.

In this week's demonstration there was a special focus on the speech that US president Obama delivered in Egypt. The villagers welcomed Obama's attention to the Palestinian people, but affirmed the need to remove the Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

After the Friday prayer, the march towards the construction site of the wall began. Since the morning, the Israeli army had been in the village, positioned on top of the houses. As soon as the protesters approached the construction site, the army opened fire, and also started firing tear gas among the crowd.

Aqel Sadeq Srour was killed when Israeli soldiers shot him in his chest with live ammunition. The man, married and father of three children, died before the ambulance could arrive.

Israeli troops also shot Mohammed Saleh Mousa, 15 years old, using live ammunition. He remains in the intensive care of a hospital in Ramallah, where his condition is reported to be life-threatening.

Three others were moderately wounded when they sustained injuries from bullets being shot at them by the army. Others suffered from the effects of tear gas inhalation.

A number of Palestinian non-violent peace activists have been killed by Israeli forces in Nil'in over the last year during the village's weekly protests, including 10 year old Ahmed Moussa, who was shot by Israeli forces in Nil'in last July.

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