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Israeli army fires live bullets at West Bank protest
Published Friday 31/08/2012 (updated) 02/09/2012 11:52
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces fired live ammunition at a demonstration in a West Bank village on Friday, activists and the Israeli army said.

Medics said Malek Tamimi was shot in the hand with a live bullet and taken to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah.

An Israeli military spokeswoman told Ma'an that soldiers fired live ammunition in the air as warning shots after protesters surrounded soldiers and attacked them.

She said soldiers felt "an imminent threat to their lives." They used riot dispersal means and fired warning shots in the air "to distance the attackers," the army official added.

Activists said Omar Tamimi was injured by a rubber bullet to his head and a woman was hit in the leg by a tear gas grenade during the protest.

Protesters said Israeli soldiers closed the three entrances to Nabi Saleh early Friday morning and later prevented ambulance from entering the village.

Forces also detained Muhammad Khatib, Miriam al-Barghouthi and photographer Bilal Tamimi, as well as a female foreign national, according to activists.

The Israeli military spokeswoman was not immediately familiar with any arrests or injuries at the protest.

Every week, activists protest in Nabi Saleh against a nearby settlement's encroachment toward lands and a spring owned by the village.

On Friday, protesters held photos of Rachel Corrie, an American activist who was crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer in southern Gaza in 2003. Corrie, who died aged 23, was trying to prevent the demolition of a home in Rafah.

An Israeli court on Tuesday cleared Israel's army of any responsibility for Corrie's death, following a lawsuit brought by her family.
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1 ) Colin Wright / USA
31/08/2012 20:59
I love it. Only in Israel can soldiers 'fire into the air' and hit a demonstrator on the ground. What? She's two hundred feet tall? Also, note how they fired to 'distance the attackers.' No mention of what they were attacking WITH. Nasty words?

2 ) ian / australia
01/09/2012 01:08
'...soldiers felt "an imminent threat to their lives." ' Other than the poster of Rachel Corrie which could inflict a pretty nasty paper cut used the right way, the protesters seem totally unarmed. The soldiers have that absurd over-armed look like US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, combat helmet, pespex visor etc. while the "attackers" are in their jeans. "...imminent threat to their lives" is the same kind of shameless lying hyperbole the Israeli defense at the Rachel Corrie trial was full of.

3 ) matt / usa
01/09/2012 01:28
@ COLIN. in NY where i live, not sure about where in the US you live we have something called gravity. what goes up must come down. alot of arabs are killed when the fire bullets in the air, to celebrate things or mourn someone, and people are killed when the bullet comes down.

4 ) Golden Dome / USA
01/09/2012 02:20
If they're going to bulldoze a young women to death the'll shoot protestors for sport. Impunity emboldens criminals.

5 ) gabi / australia
01/09/2012 04:09
Yes, they must detain those photographers, mustn't they - can't let those photographs out into the wider world. And it's also a good idea to prevent an ambulance from helping the wounded - those ambulances are a real threat aren't they? After all, the Israelis know just what harm ambulances can do - the Jews used ambulances to carry arms to the terrorists in the Haganah, Stern gang and Irgun, in their fight to gain control of all of Palestine in 1946/47/1948.

6 ) Vacy / Australia
01/09/2012 05:09
IOF- masters of hasbara

7 ) SO HOW MANY DIED? / NORMALLY
01/09/2012 10:13
WHEN YOU FIRE LIVE BULLETS--PEOPLE DIE ASK THE SYRIANS.

8 ) Charity Clayton / UK
01/09/2012 10:18
Nasty words, nasty deeds. But hardly surprising from armed forces who even see unarmed women and young children as a 'threat to their lives'.

9 ) BDS / Canada
01/09/2012 20:49
Does the occupier's spokesperson really think that the "imminent threat to their lives" is believable??? The more she opens her mouth the less credible she becomes. Good on these brave non-violent protesters for standing up to the brutality of the oppressors!!

10 ) Alex Whitaker / USA
01/09/2012 20:51
So in what way is running over a girl with a bulldozer and firing bullets at peaceful protesters supposed to be an excusable act?

11 ) carine / UK
01/09/2012 22:55
The 'imminent threat to their lives' - those 1/2 dozen or so peaceful protesters, armed only with a picture of Rachel Corrie. BTW - the bullet went through the youth's hand and entered his hip. It must surely have ricoched off one of the many gas canisters being fired at the same time...

12 ) Star UK / UK
02/09/2012 00:03
@3 Matt -- are you definding your Zionest friends hidding behind a gun and a nice big 'wall' defended by armed settlers!? Do the maths, which I would hope you are good at -- have you calcualted the chances of a bullet fired by a 'fearful' IOF coming down during a protest in the illegally occupied West Bank hitting the hand of an unarmed Palestinian protester are? Get real! As an American, you should know direct aim when it is presented!

13 ) @ the Editor / USA
04/09/2012 18:18
Show us the blood or the graves, like after Syria uses "live bullets",
or admit that Maan is publishing exaggerations and lies !!

14 ) Tibi / Tubas
04/09/2012 18:25
This was not Israel absolving itself of all blame, but instead a credible and thorough Israeli legal system, which had examined the case in great detail.
And for those who believe the Israeli legal system is biased:
- there are plenty of times when Israeli judges ruled against the IDF, and
- there is no reason to believe that the judge in this case did not come to his conclusions without prejudice.


15 ) Colin Wright / USA
04/09/2012 21:39
To matt #3 '@ COLIN. in NY where i live, not sure about where in the US you live we have something called gravity. ' Sure Matt. That's what happened. Don't you find it humiliating -- endlessly having to cook up this sort of thing to defend your chosen cause? Ever thought that might say something about your chosen cause?

16 ) Colin Wright / USA
04/09/2012 21:42
To BDS #9 'Does the occupier's spokesperson really think that the "imminent threat to their lives" is believable??? The more she opens her mouth the less credible she becomes.' There are several different types of lies. The type you are referring to is the type intended to be believed only by those who prefer to believe them. It's semantically akin to the cars of agricultural implements the Nazis used to hitch to the back of trains taking Jews to be 'resettled in the East.'
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