Dozens injured as IOF quells weekly march of Kafr Qaddum


Dozens of Palestinian citizens were injured on Friday when the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) attacked the weekly march in Kafr Qaddum town, east of Qalqilya.

Local official Murad Sheteiwi said that Israeli soldiers stormed the town, showered the participants in the march with volleys of stun and tear gas grenades, and fired rubber bullets at them.

He added that one young man was injured by a bullet and many others suffered from their exposure to tear gas.

Residents of Kafr Qaddum started staging weekly marches in 2011 to protest Israeli settlement activities and land grabs and to demand, in particular, the reopening of their village’s southern road, which has been blocked by the IOF for 14 years. This road is the main route to the nearby city of Nablus, the nearest economic center.

The Israeli army blocked off the road after expanding the illegal settlement of Kedumim in 2003, forcing the local residents to take a bypass road in order to travel to Nablus, which has extended the travel time to Nablus from 15 minutes to 40 minutes, according to Israeli rights group B’Tselem.

In a separate incident, two citizens was injured by rubber bullets and dozens suffered from inhaling tear gas during clashes with the IOF following the Friday prayer in Bab az-Zawiya area in al-Khalil City.

(Source / 20.11.2021)

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