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Palestinian teen injured in Bil’in rally

Ali Waked | YNet News

4 June 2009

A 13-year-old boy suffered a rubber-bullet head injury Thursday, during an anti-security fence rally in the Palestinian village of Bil’in, located near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

The boy was rushed to the Ramallah hospital in moderate condition and is said to be undergoing surgery.

Anti-security fence demonstrations are a near-weekly occurrence in Bil’in, usually taking place on Friday. This week’s rally, however, was moved up because of US President Barack Obama’s Cairo speech.

Hundreds of Palestinians and peace activists gathered in the Palestinian villages and demanded Obama make Israel end the occupation, disassemble settlements and take down the security fence.

Soon after the demonstration began, Palestinian protestors clashed with IDF Border Guard forces. The forces used crowd control measures – tear gas, stun grandees and rubber-coated bullets.

According the Ramallah hospital, the boy was admitted with a cranial fracture. Several others were also admitted suffering form tear gas inhalation.