Israeli Occupation Forces Injure Dozens at Two Peaceful Protests in the West Bank


Israeli occupation forces suppressed, on Saturday, two non-violent protests in separate parts of the West Bank, injuring dozens, including a child, according to local sources.

In Kufur Qaddoum village, east of Qalqilia in the northern occupied West Bank, soldiers suppressed the weekly peaceful procession, attacking the unarmed Palestinian civilians.

Local youths have assembled on Fridays and Saturdays for the past 11 years as a means to express their rejection of the ongoing colonization of Palestinian lands at the expense of the indigenous population.

Occupation authorities closed the main road to the village in 2003, for the exclusive use of the illegal colonial settlers living in nearby colonies, to the detriment of the local Palestinian population.

Soldiers opened fire with rubber-coated steel rounds and tear gas canisters, shooting five young men and an 11-year-old child, and causing dozens of others to suffer the toxic effects of tear gas inhalation.

All injuries were treated on site by local medics.

In the southern part of the occupied West Bank, soldiers attacked a peaceful demonstration to express the peoples’ rejection of the Israeli schemes to expropriate Palestinian-owned lands.

South of Hebron, in the town of Al-Zahiriya, Palestinian civilians gathered together in a non-violent protest under the title “Challenge and Resilience” in support of the local population.

Soldiers fired tear gas canisters and concussion grenades, striking and injuring the deputy mayor of the town, Nayef Makharza, in the foot with a concussion grenade, and causing dozens of others to sustain inhalation injuries.

Furthermore, it was reported that the mayor of Al-Zahiriya, Bahjat Jabarin, was detained by Israeli forces under an undisclosed pretext.

Under the full protection of the occupation army, an illegal Israeli colonist opened fire towards the protestors, without causing any casualties.

The “Parliamentary Palestine Committee” of the Jordanian Parliament denounced the suppression of the event and the “arbitrary arrests of the Palestinian people stationed in their land.”

In a press statement, member of the Jordanian Parliament, Muhammad Al-Zahrawi, called the detention of Palestinian civilians, “systematic targeting that falls within the framework of the occupation authorities’ continuation of terrorism, which is practiced daily against the Palestinians.”


Al-Dhahirah Municipality – [Palestine TV/Facebook]

Sources: WAFA, WAFA, Quds Press, WAFA, WAFA, Quds Press

Photo: J Media


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