Maan News: Israeli forces shoot, injure man at Nabi Saleh protest

by Maan News: 17/07/2013 (updated) 19/07/2013

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Two people were injured on Tuesday during a protest in the Ramallah-area village of Nabi Saleh, Israel’s army and locals said.Mahmoud Tamimi, 22, was shot in the leg with live fire during the protest, his relatives said on social media. The bullet severed a main artery in Tamimi’s thigh and he remains in a serious condition, his family added.

Palestinian journalist Bilal Tamimi was assaulted by Israeli soldiers while covering the protest, witnesses said. Israeli forces also smashed his camera.

An Israeli army spokesman said that approximately 100 Palestinians took part in a “violent and illegal riot” and hurled rocks and rolled burning tires towards soldiers at the scene, who responded with riot dispersal means.

“One soldier was injured during the riot, and soldiers sensing imminent danger to their lives fired towards a main instigator, registering a direct hit,” he added.

The suspect was treated at the scene by Israeli medics and transferred to a hospital in Ramallah, the army spokesman said.

Since 2009, residents of Nabi Saleh and international activists have been protesting every Friday against the annexation of land by Israel.

Since 1977, half of the Nabi Saleh’s farmland has been lost to encroaching Israeli settlements.