At approximately 3am this morning, the Israeli army shot a 40 year old resident of Ni’lin four times from close range while invading his house. He is now in a serious condition in Ramallah hospital.
Ayed Awad Srur, 40, was shot four times with rubber-coated steel bullets from extremely close range as Israeli soldiers entered his house looking to arrest his brother Akil Srur. One bullet was shot through his eye, another at his head causing large internal hemorrhaging. 2 other bullets were fired into his chest.
At 3am the Israeli army invaded the village of Ni’lin and entered the house of Ayed Awad Srur in order to reach the second floor of the building where his brother lives. Awad, who suffers from a speech disability, shouted at the soldiers repeatedly before being shot four times from point blank range. The soldiers then proceeded to arrest Akil Srur who is now being held in Israeli detention.
Ayed was immediately taken to Ramallah hospital where his condition remains critical.
To view Ynet article on the incident click here
To date, fifteen Palestinians, ten of them minors, were killed while protesting the wall.
Muhammad Fadel Hashem Rian, age 25
Zakaria Mahmoud ‘Eid Salem, age 28
Shot dead during a demonstration against the wall in Biddu on February 26th, 2004.
Abdal Rahman Abu ‘Eid, age 62
Died of a heart attack after teargas projectiles were shot into his home during a demonstration against the wall in Biddu on February 26th, 2004.
Muhammad Da’ud Saleh Badwan, age 21
Shot during a demonstration against the wall in Biddu on February 26th, 2004, and died of his wounds March 3rd.
Hussein Mahmoud ‘Awad ‘Alian, age 17
Shot dead during a demonstration against the wall in Betunya on April 16th, 2004
Diaa’ A-Din ‘Abd al-Karim Ibrahim Abu ‘Eid, age 23
Shot dead during a demonstration against the wall in Biddu on April 18th, 2004.
Islam Hashem Rizik Zhahran, age 14
Shot during a demonstration against the wall in Deir Abu Mash’al on April 18th, 2004, and died of his wounds April 28th.
‘Alaa’ Muhammad ‘Abd a-Rahman Khalil, age 14
Shot dead while throwing stones at an Israeli vehicle driven by private security guards near the wall in Betunya on February 15th, 2005.
Jamal Jaber Ibrahim ‘Asi, age 15
U’dai Mufid Mahmoud ‘Asi, age 14
Shot dead during a demonstration against the wall in Beit Liqya on May 4th, 2005
Taha Muhammad Subhi al-Quljawi, age 16
Shot dead when he and two friends tried to cut the razor wire portion of the wall in the Qalandiya Refugee Camp on February 2nd, 2007. He was wounded in the thigh and died from loss of blood after remaining a long time in the field without being treated.
Muhammad Elias Mahmoud ‘Aweideh, age 15
Shot dead during a demonstration against the wall in Um a-Sharayet – Samiramis on March 28th, 2007.
Mahmoud Muhammad Ahmad Masalmeh, age 15
Shot when trying to cut the razor wire portion of the wall in Beit Awwa on March 2nd, 2008.
Ahmed Husan Youssef Mousa, age 10
Killed during a demonstration against the wall in Ni’ilin on July 29th, 2008
Youssef Ahmed Younes Amireh, age 17
Shot in the head with rubber coated bullets during a demonstration against the wall in Ni’ilin on July 30th, 2008 and died of his wounds August 4th.
Three others, all minors or mentally disabled, were killed just for being in the proximity of the wall:
Du’aa Naser Saleh ‘Abd al-Qader, age 14
Killed in Far’un when she approached the wall with her friend on December 19th, 2006.
Fatah a-Deen Muhammad ‘Ali al-Khuli, age 20
Killed near Habla when he approached the wall on January 22nd, 2001. He was mentally disabled.
Mahyoub Ahmad Nemer ‘Asi, age 15
Killed by a private security guard while he was in his family’s plot, about 200 meters away from the path of the wall, on July 8th, 2005
From the original 58,000 dunums of Ni’lin land (580 hectares) more than 69% was taken by Israel in 1948, while in 1967 44% of the remaining land was used for construction of the nearby settlements. The annexation wall, illegal under international law, will take a further 25% of the farming land that the village relies on for its income, and will make the once commercial capital of the area isolated from the surrounding villages. This will leave Nil’in, when the wall is finished, with only 10% of its original land (less than 15,000 dunums).