2 injured at Bil’in anti-wall protest

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Two protesters were injured Friday during a weekly anti-wall demonstration in the West Bank village of Bil’in, organizers said.

Protesters raised Palestinian and Egyptian flags, in support of the uprising to ouster President Hosni Mubarak, and marched to the site of the separation wall, which cuts villagers off from 60 percent of their land.

When demonstrators reached the wall, Israeli forces fired tear-gas canisters, rubber-coated steel bullets, sound grenades and live ammunition at them, the local popular committee said.

Locals Mohamed Al-Khateb, 18, sustained burns on his hand and Mohamad Fathi Abu Rahma, 20, was hit by a tear gas canister in his leg, the committee said.

An Israeli military spokesman said forces used riot dispersal means after protesters threw rocks at forces. He said one soldier was hit by a stone and lightly injured.


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