AN NEWS AGENCY
17-year-old shot by Israeli forces in coma
Date: 31 / 07 / 2008 Time: 09:26
Bethlehem - Ma'an � 17-year-old, Yousef Ahmad Amira was put into a coma on Wednesday evening after being shot twice in the head by Israeli soldiers in Ni'lin to the West of Ramallah, medical sources told Ma'an.
Eyewitnesses said Amira was shot twice from close range by Israeli forces during a curfew imposed on the town on Tuesday after ten-year-old, Ahmad Husam Yousif Musa, was shot and killed.
Aiman Nafe', Mayor of Ni'lin said that six other young men were shot but their injuries are not thought to be life threatening.
Sources in the village say that running battles broke out between Israeli soldiers and local men at around 5:30pm after villagers built barricades blocking the main street into the village. As a response the Israelis increased their numbers at the entrance of the village before using a bulldozer to destroy barricades and throwing sound bombs and tear gas grenades and opening fire on the crowd.
Amira was hit twice in the head with rubber coated steel bullets and was rushed to rushed to Ramallah hospital intensive care ward where he is said to be in a critical condition.
There have been regular demonstrations in Ni'lin against the building of the sepraration wall near the village, which will confiscate residents' land. These protests have made Ni'lin a target for Israeli military actions, which have seen many injured and one killed.