Israeli forces suppressed, on Friday, a number of non-violent protests against the illegal and ongoing colonization of the occupied Palestinian territories, and injured several people, including journalists, local sources reported.
In the northern West Bank village of Kufur Qaddoum, east of Qalqilia, soldiers fired rubber-coated steel rounds at demonstrators and injured at least five civilians, including a Palestine TV journalist, identified as Anal al-Jadaa’.
Local youths burned rubber tires to obscure the soldiers’ view, and hurled rocks at the invading army at the weekly procession.
Locals have been gathering every Friday, and Saturday to express their rejection of the occupation authorities’ decision to close the main road to the village in 2003.
The road, which leads east to Nablus city, the nearest major commercial center, has been blocked off from Palestinian traffic, for the exclusive use by the illegal Israeli settlers, living on expropriated Palestinian lands.
Also in the northern part of the West Bank, Israeli forces attacked a peaceful sit-in by Palestinian civilians to show their opposition to the settler attacks and incursions in the area.
The land owner, Ma’en Rashed, stated that the gathering, in the Abu Louqa area, east of Tulkarem, was a show of objection to the setting up of tents and caravans by illegal colonial settlers.
The army opened fire with live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets, and tear gas canisters, which caused a number of participants to suffer the toxic effects of tear gas inhalation.
Furthermore, during his coverage of the non-violent demonstration, a photojournalist, identified as, Alaa’ Badarnah, was struck in the foot with a high velocity tear gas canister.
Meanwhile, in the Nablus governorate, in the northern West Bank, soldiers suppressed the weekly protests in the village of Beit Dajan and Beita town.
In Beit Dajan, southeast of Nablus, soldiers opened fire with tear gas canisters, causing at least 18 Palestinian civilians to sustain inhalation injuries as a result of tear gas exposure, according to Ahmed Jibril, director of the local Red Crescent Society emergency and ambulance services.
Jibril added that all those who suffered injuries were provided with medical assistance at the scene of the protest.
In Beita town, south of Nablus, local Palestinian youths confronted the occupation army who attempted to repress the weekly march against the illegal colonization of their land.
In the southern occupied West Bank, local Palestinian youths gathered in the Aseeda area of Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, and confronted Israeli soldiers stationed there.
The army responded by shooting live rounds and tear gas canisters, injuring two young men, one of whom was shot in the leg.
In related news, Israeli troops invaded, on Friday at dawn, Seida town, northeast of Tulkarem in the northern West Bank, and shot one young man.
During the incursion, soldiers fired live ammunition at local civilians, and shot a former prisoner in the foot, causing a moderate injury.
The wounded man was transferred to hospital for medical intervention. No further injuries were reported.