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At least 8 people hurt by IDF fire during W. Bank fence protest

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    [Estimates of wounded range from 1 to 17 or more, and it is not clear how many were wounded by bullets and how many needed treatment for teargas inhalation. An
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      [Estimates of wounded range from 1 to 17 or more, and it is not clear how many were
      wounded by bullets and how many needed treatment for teargas inhalation.
      An earlier report in Ha'aretz stated that the Swedish MP had been shot. That is apparently not
      true--mewnews]
      Last Update: 31/12/2003 19:19

      At least 8 people hurt by IDF fire during W. Bank fence protest
      http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/378106.html
      By Amos Harel, Haaretz Correspondent, Haaretz Service and Reuters

      Israel Defense Forces troops shot and wounded at least eight people, including four Palestinians
      and two Israelis, on Wednesday, during a protest at a construction site for the separation fence in
      the West Bank, witnesses said.

      Several hundred demonstrators gathered at Budrus, a West Bank village southeast of Tel Aviv,
      Wednesday to protest the fence. Police shot tear gas and rubber bullets at them.

      Swedish Green Party lawmaker, Gustav Fridolin, 20, was among the demonstrators detained by police,
      said Gil Kleiman, a police spokesman.

      Two Border Policemen were also wounded by stones thrown at them by protesters. The protesters claim
      that they only began throwing stones when the soldiers fired rubber bullets and tear gas.

      The bulldozers moved into the Palestinian Christian village of Burdos, which is right on the Green
      Line, five kilometers from Modi'in and four kilometers from Shoham, on Tuesday, to begin preparing
      the ground for a new segment of the fence, Israel Radio reported.

      The clashes began Tuesday when several dozen protesters arrived at the site to stop the bulldozers
      from uprooting an olive grove in the area, the radio said.

      In Wednesday's incident, the 500 or so protesters threw stones at the bulldozers. Security forces
      responded with tear gas and rubber bullets.

      IDF sources said in response to the incident that soldiers had used "non-lethal means," and not live
      ammunition, to disperse the protesters.

      Some eight people were arrested, Israel Radio said. Reuters reported that three Israelis, two Swedes
      and an American were among those arrested. Ted Querbath, a foreign protester from New York, told
      Reuters: "I saw six people who were wounded when the army started shooting rubber bullets and tear
      gas. A Palestinian woman was severely beaten up and bleeding on her head."

      The incident marks the second time in five days that IDF troops have opened fire at demonstrators
      gathered by the fence. On December 26, soldiers shot and wounded one Israeli and one American
      protester.

      Jonathan Pollak, a member of the Israeli Anarchists against the Wall organization, said that during
      Wednesday's incident, soldiers fired at the mostly Palestinian protesters as well as Israelis and
      foreigners.

      Many of the Palestinian protesters were detained as well as four Israelis, including the wounded
      woman, and four unidentified foreigners, Pollak told Reuters.

      He said that the foreign protesters included members of the pro-Palestinian International Solidarity
      Movement and the International Women's Peace Service group.
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