Bil'in protest wounds 2 border police

French photographer also reported wounded; protesters blame police.

May 12, 2006 18:37
Bil'in protest wounds 2 border police

bilin protest 298.88. (photo credit: AP)


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Two border policemen were lightly wounded by rocks when some 150 anti-security fence protesters scuffled with security forces on Friday in the Palestinian village of Bil'in. A French news photographer was also wounded during the protest. Demonstrators claimed that he had been hurt by security forces; the police, however, refuted the protesters' version of events and said that the photographer had been hit by a rock thrown by the demonstrators, Israel Radio reported. The protesters also claimed that five of their group had been struck with rods and three others wounded by rubber bullets. Bil'in has become one of the more volatile foci of protests against the security barrier. Demonstrations against the continued construction of the barrier have become weekly events, and often degenerate into violent altercations.

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