Israeli soldiers attacked, on Friday, several non-violent protests against the illegal occupation and colonization of the West Bank, injuring a number of civilians, including a child, local sources reported.
In the northern West Bank village of Kufur Qaddoum, east of Qalqilia, locals marched to the closed road at the entrance to the village, for the weekly anti-settlement procession.
The road was closed by Israeli occupation ‘authorities’ in 2003 in order to provide the illegal colonial settlers full access to the road, while denying Palestinians the ability to use it.
Israeli colonists from the nearby illegal Kedumin settlement, established on expropriated Palestinian lands, have full access to the street, while Palestinians are forced to take longer routes to Nablus city, the nearest major commercial center, prolonging travel time, causing undue hardship.
Soldiers opened fire with rubber-coated steel rounds and tear gas canisters, injuring at least four civilians, and causing several others to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation, according to local activist, Morad Eshteiwi.
Eshteiwi added that all injuries were provided first aid at the scene by local medics.
Also in the northern West Bank town of Beita, southeast of Nablus, soldiers fired tear gas canisters at civilians who gathered to demonstrate against the Israeli policy of land expropriation and colonization of Palestinian-owned property.
According to the director of the Nablus Emergency Department of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, Ahmed Jibril, at least five civilians sustained inhalation injuries due to tear gas.
Jibril added that Israeli forces aimed tear gas canisters at medical crews who were on the scene without causing damage or injuries.
East of Nablus, in the village of Beit Dajan, soldiers suppressed another weekly protest, injuring 24 civilians, including a 7-year-old boy.
Locals gathered in the village to express their rejection of the Israeli occupation and its colonial schemes, which soldiers responded to by firing tear gas canisters at the non-violent civilians.
At least 23 Palestinians suffered the toxic effects of tear gas inhalation, while one child was struck in the abdomen with a high velocity tear gas canister.
In the town of Silwan, in occupied East Jerusalem, Palestinian citizens gathered to perform the Friday prayer on lands that are under the threat of expropriation by the Israeli occupation ‘authorities’.
Dozens of locals assembled to perform the Friday prayer in the “Wadi Al-Rababa” neighborhood of Silwan town. Israeli occupation police were present in the area, no clashes were reported.
According to the Palestinian News & Information Agency (WAFA), Silwan town, consisting of 5,640 dunams, has 12 neighborhoods, and 58,500 Palestinian Jerusalemites. Additionally there are 78 illegal settlement outposts, housing 2,800 illegal Israeli settlers.
“The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.”