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West Bank protester seriously injured by gas canister
Published Friday 09/12/2011 (updated) 10/12/2011 12:20
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Demonstrators run as tear-gas canisters fired by Israeli soldiers rain down
during clashes at a protest in Nabi Saleh (Reuters/Mohamad Torokman, File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A tear-gas canister fired by Israeli forces struck and seriously injured a Palestinian demonstrator in the occupied West Bank, protesters said Friday.

Onlookers said Mustafa Tamimi, 28, suffered a critical head wound after being struck in the face by the canister in Nabi Saleh.

The village hosts weekly protests against land confiscation for an illegal settlement, and Israel has cracked down on its residents, carrying out night raids and arresting accused stone-throwers.

"Tamimi is in very critical condition. Half his face is gone," said Linah Alsaafin, a Ramallah-based blogger. She was reporting from the scene in Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah.

He "was throwing rocks at the (Israeli army) jeep, the door opened and the canister was fired with precision and intent straight in his face," Alsaafin recounted on Twitter.

"To use their term, 'surgical precision'," she added.

Activists distributed photographs and video showing Tamimi, his face covered in blood, being lifted off the ground after his injury. He was later taken to hospital.

Mustafa Tamimi, 28, is lifted up shortly after the injury in Nabi Saleh.

The activists said the Israeli army had initially prevented an ambulance from arriving at the village. A military spokeswoman said the man was evacuated to an Israeli hospital.

The official told Ma'an said the injury occurred during "a violent and illegal riot" in which protesters threw stones. Forces responded with "riot-dispersal means," she said.

"The incident is currently being investigated," she added.



A teenage boy suffered a leg fracture after being struck by a rubber-coated bullet, onlookers added. A young woman's arm was also broken during the demonstration, they said.
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1 ) matt / usa
09/12/2011 16:57
I hate to say this but if you are a fool to throw stones at people with buns then you desrve to get hit back. Whta if the stone he threw hit a soldier in the face? what would people say then?

2 ) Julie / USA
09/12/2011 19:08
israeli terrorism is not infrequent or sporadic, it is ongoing, daily, and commonplace, and it is increasing at an alarming rate if you study the statistics. math is factual, it does not lie. the disdain of the people of the international community against israel is growing at least at the same rate, if not faster. israel has brandished, delegitimized and isolated themselves as the pariah of the world, the #1 terrorists, and an illegal entity. many of its own citizens reject their brutal regime.

3 ) jwp / New Zealand
09/12/2011 19:26
One of the marks of civilisation is adherence to legal systems - Israel's refusal to abide by any of the laws of civilised society, inclcuding international law, underscores its barbarism, demonstrated so clearly in the last three days in unprovoked murderous attacks on Gazan civilians. If we judge people on their behaviour, we can only conclude that Israelis are savages, plain and simple, and have no place in the civilised international community.

4 ) Jim / Palestine
09/12/2011 20:31
Israel is violating its own demonstration laws. Tear gas canisters may be fired at demonstrators' LEGS (at the most) and ONLY to disperse the demonstration. This cowardly act towards Mustafa is not justified in any way; it was intended to kill. Mustafa threw rocks at a military jeep-a bulletproof vehicle. There is obviously no competition here. Mustafa was shot in the head purposely by "Israeli" forces, he could be killed.

5 ) Maorifreedom / Maoriland
09/12/2011 20:36
New Zealand has stolen our land and killed us all! Jwp - please leave our land!

6 ) Elishaa / UAE
09/12/2011 22:13
Can somebody explain why was the victim transported to an Israeli hospital?
It would have been logical that he be taken to a Palestinian hospital
where he could have gotten the best and latest medical treatment.

Shame on you guys!

7 ) Max / Canada
10/12/2011 00:50
Matt, you ask why would someone throw stones at a soldier in a tank, or one armed with a gun? Self -defence, protecting your land from being stolen, and resisting troops that will demolish your house to pave the way for illegal, racist settlements, comes to mind. Feeling that you have no other recourse, after decades of land theft, stolen water, olive tress being burned, and your children having their arms broken by settlers while going to class, are everyday events under Occupation.
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