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2 police officers hurt in Naalin riots

Palestinians, leftists clash with security forces during anti-fence rally; Israeli photographer hurt

Efrat Weiss
Published: 08.15.08, 18:05 / Israel News

More violence in Naalin: Two Border Guard police officers and an Israeli photographer were hurt Friday during riots at the West Bank village of Naalin, near Ramallah. Officials said the policemen were hurt after being stoned by demonstrators protesting the construction of the West Bank security fence.

 

Meanwhile, the protestors said seven of them sustained light injuries in clashes with forces at the site.

 

The photographer hurt at the rally was said to suffer light to moderate wounds. He was treated at the scene before being taken to a Jerusalem hospital. Officials said they were looking into the circumstances of the incident.

 

The latest violent protest at Naalin saw about 150 Palestinians and leftist activists violating a closed military zone order and stoning forces. The demonstrators also attempted to damage the fence being built in the area. A police vehicle at the scene was damaged as well.

 

Growing violence

Border Guard police officers at the scene used crowd-dispersal means to contain the riots. Officials said the latest rally featured a greater level of violence compared to previous protests.

 

Later, protestors said that a demonstrator sustained arm injuries after being hit by a rubber-coated bullet fired at close range. The protestors said forces at the site were firing tear gas.

 

On Thursday, 17 protestors were reportedly hurt during clashes with forces in the area.

 

Ali Waked and Ronen Medzini contributed to the story

 

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