Anti-fence protester killed

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Palestinians said Israeli police killed a man taking part in a protest against the West Bank security fence.

Mustafa Tamimi, 21, died Saturday after being hit in the eye with a tear-gas canister during a demonstration near Ariel settlement, where Palestinians have been protesting against the seizure of their farmlands for fence construction, witnesses said.

Yediot Achronot ran a photograph appearing to show a masked Tamimi running after an Israeli border police jeep, whose open rear door emits a trail of smoke. The distance between man and vehicle appears to be about 15 feet.

Tamimi was injured Friday and died in an Israeli hospital the next day.

Anti-fence activists have complained regularly that Israeli forces sometimes fire tear gas at dangerously close ranges.

The Israeli military said the incident was under investigation.
 

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