The Border Police fired on a demonstrator at the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh on Friday, wounding her in the leg with a rubber-coated steel bullet from a meter or two away, video shows.
Every week demonstrations are held at Nabi Saleh to protest the confiscation of land. On Friday, protesters threw stones when the Border Police tried to disperse the demonstration.
Two young women approached members of the Border Police who were guarding vehicles. In the video, a woman can be seen holding a stone in each hand and coming nearer, even when told to stop and move away.
The Border Police never fired in the air to deter the two women from advancing. Demonstrators took the wounded woman to a nearby building for treatment.
Protests at Nabi Saleh are frequent and Israeli forces at the site usually know the proper procedure. They also know that their actions are being recorded. In 2010, the Border Police wounded the spokeswoman for the B'Tselem human rights group at a demonstration at Nabi Saleh. That was also with a rubber bullet at close range.
The circumstances of the incident will be investigated, the Border Police spokesman said about Friday's shooting. An initial investigation indicates that this video clip presents a partial situation of an event in which dozens of Palestinians, some of them masked, threw stones and incendiary devices at the forces. In the incident shown, a suspect approached the force in a threatening manner with a stone in her hand.
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