On the 26th June over 200 Palestinian protesters marched in the village of Nilin again, together with international and Israeli activists, against the construction of the apartheid wall that annexes thousands of dunams of land belonging to residents of the village. The response from the Israeli soldiers was once again brutal with an artillery of sound bombs, teargas, rubber bullets and live ammunition. 2 Palestinians were hospitalised.
As with the last demonstration, protesters again managed to reach the bulldozers, halting the construction for some time. 21 persons where however injured, 15 of them by rubber bullets and the rest by tear-gas. Two of the injured were hospitalised – Aqel Sadeq Sror with a shot in his spine and Muhammad Amera with a fractured skull caused by a rubber bullet. In the after match of the demonstration Israeli soldiers kept shooting into the Ni’lin village, including firing tear gas into a family house.
The village of Ni’lin continues to struggle against the annexation of their land, despite the brutal attacks by the Israeli army. Over 150 people have now been injured in the recent demonstrations, as people resist against the construction of the apartheid wall that confiscates land for the settlement of Hashmonaim.