Ni’lin marks anniversary of protester’s death

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Anti-wall protesters in Ni’lin on Friday marked the second anniversary of the killing of an activist at a demonstration in the village.

In June 2009, Israeli soldiers shot Aqel Srour in the chest with live ammunition. He was pronounced dead on arrival to hospital. He was the fifth Ni’lin resident to be killed by Israeli forces since 2008, when the village began protesting the separation wall.

The wall confiscates around one-third of Ni’lin’s land.

Hundreds of Palestinians, Israelis and foreign nationals joined Friday’s demonstration. Activists said Israeli forces used live ammunition and tear gas against protesters.

The Israeli military said soldiers used “riot dispersal means” in response to stone-throwing in Ni’lin and in Bil’in.

Activists in Bil’in, near Ramallah, said a journalist was injured at the village’s weekly protest. TV correspondent Khaled Mansra was hit in the leg with a tear gas canister, a statement from Bil’in’s popular committee said.

The committee said protesters destroyed several meters of the electronic fence, which cuts villagers off from 60 percent of their land.

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