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Palestinians Shot Dead in West Bank

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17 Apr 09 | AJE

Two Palestinians have been killed in separate incidents in the West Bank, Israeli army and Palestinian sources have said.

Jewish settlers shot a teenager, alleging that he had tried to attack residents of a West Bank settlement on Friday.

In a separate incident, Israeli troops killed a man who had been protesting against Israel’s separation barrier, Palestinians said.

Basem Abu Rahmeh, 30, died after being hit at close range with a tear gas cannister.

Protests near the village of Bilin are held almost weekly as Palestinians argue that the barrier being constructed is taking their land and jeopardising any future Palestinian state.

Protesters threw stones and other objects at Israeli forces during the demonstration, the Israeli military said.

Abdallah Abu Rahmeh, a witness who took part in the protest, said Abu Rahmeh, a distant relative, was talking to soldiers when troops fired the cannisters.

“Basem was in the front line of the protest and soldiers fired tear gas at us and one hit Basem in the chest,” he said.

“He was about 40 metres away from the soldiers. There was no stone-throwing when Basem was shot.” >>>


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17 April 2009 at 2:59 pm

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