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Israeli forces shoot, injure 14-year-old in Kafr Qaddum

June 27, 2015 10:08 P.M. (Updated: June 28, 2015 11:58 A.M.)
QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and injured a 14-year-old Palestinian boy with live ammunition on Saturday when they opened fire on a march in the West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum near Qalqiliya.

A local popular resistance coordinator, Murad Shteiwi, said that hundreds of Palestinians took part in the march, which set off following afternoon prayers toward an Israeli barricade that closes off the main entrance on the village's southern side.

Dozens of Israeli soldiers reportedly fired live rounds and tear gas at the protesters, resulting in the injury of 14-year-old Mohammad Abdul Ilah, who was shot in the thigh.

He was taken to Rafidia Hospital for treatment, Shteiwi said.

An Israeli army spokeswoman asked to provide comment said she was looking into the incident.

Shteiwi said that Saturday's march came in response to an increase in violations as part of the Israeli military-administered occupation.

He said that it was additional to the village's weekly marches, which are held on Fridays and call for the reopening of the village's southern entrance, which has been closed 13 years.

On Friday, dozens of Palestinian and foreign activists suffered excessive tear gas inhalation when Israeli forces dispersed the village's weekly march.

Earlier this month, on June 12, five Palestinians were injured, including two critically, when Israeli forces opened fire on the weekly march.

Kafr Qaddum has lost large swathes of its land to Israeli settlements, outposts and separation wall, all illegal under international law.

According to the Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem, more than 10 percent of the village's land has been confiscated for the establishment of the settlements alone -- Kedumim, Kedumim Zefon, Jit, and Givat HaMerkaziz.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
Mark of Lewiston / USA
Why does the IDF go to Palestinian villages, except to start confrontations in hopes of shooting somebody? A March is not an armed attack on anybody. Shooting up a March is an armed act of aggression, an attack.
28/06/2015 00:05
izzy / usa
So in Tunisia in response to the shootings there the army closed 54 mosques. In Israel in response to last week's violence Israel revokes permits for 500 people, not forever but for a week and closes nothing. And Israel is wrong??
28/06/2015 03:39
izzy / usa
Dozens of soldiers fired live rounds and only hit one 14 year old in the leg??? Are u serious ?? Horrible aim for dozens of soldiers
28/06/2015 03:52
spb / usa
so he's 14 with a booboo
01/07/2015 14:52
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