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IDemo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 08:45 AM
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Palestinian protester killed by Israeli tear-gas canister
Source: Los Angeles Times

REPORTING FROM JERUSALEM -- A Palestinian protester died early Saturday after being hit in the face with a tear-gas canister at close-range during one of the weekly West Bank demonstrations against Israel's security barrier.

Mustafa Tamimi, 28, was struck Friday in the right eye by Israeli security forces in the village of Nabi Saleh. Graphic video and photographs appear to show Tamimi standing in front of an Israeli military vehicle, hurling rocks before being hit, and later bleeding on the ground.

He becomes the latest casualty of the weekly clashes that occur in several West Bank villages, where rock-throwing Palestinians face off with Israeli border police and soldiers. Though Israeli military officials say they try to deploy only nonlethal measures to halt the demonstrations, Palestinian and Israeli human-rights groups complain that Israeli forces often aim tear-gas canisters directly at protesters, causing death and injury.

In 2009, Palestinian activist Bassam Abu Rahme was killed after being struck by a high-velocity tear-gas canister.

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We're lucky something like this could never happen in the good ol' USA!
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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 01:52 PM
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1. IMAGE: Unarmed protester shot to death by IDF

"Mustafa Tamimi, 28, died this morning at Belinson Hospital after sustaining critical wounds yesterday in the village of Nabi Saleh when an Israeli soldier fired a tear gas canister directly at his head from a short distance.

Activestills, the only photo agency which covers protest in the West Bank on a regular basis, captured the moment of the deadly shot (above).

You can see the gun sticking out of the Jeeps door and the canister in mid-air, a split second before it hit Tamimi. It seems that the shot was done in violation of army orders; yet as we reported in the past, soldiers often dont respect army regulations in the Occupied Territories. Below is what happens after the shot." /

(Pics at link)
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