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Israeli forces injure 4 in Kafr Qaddum

Aug. 21, 2015 8:13 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 22, 2015 9:43 A.M.)
A Palestinian youth hurls a stone at Israeli forces following a weekly demonstration on Dec. 20, 2013 in Kfar Qaddum. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh, File)
QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Four Palestinians, including three children, were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets on Friday as Israeli forces dispersed the weekly protest in the village of Kafr Qaddum near Qalqiliya in the northern occupied West Bank, Palestinian sources said.

Popular resistance coordinator in the village Murad Shtewei said that several Israeli soldiers and snipers raided the village before Friday's noon prayers.

The forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets injuring six-year-old Abd al-Rahim Abd al-Salam in the shoulder, Moussa Abd al-Lateef,13, in the hand, Jamil Helmi,17, in the thigh and Odai Qaddumi,who was hit in the hands and stomach.

An Israeli army spokesperson did not have immediate information on the incident.

According to rights group B'Tselem, Israel's Open-Fire Regulations "emphasize that the bullets must be fired only at the individual's legs, and that they are not to be fired at children or from a moving vehicle."

Shtewei added that Israeli forces fired tear gas at a home, sanitation pipes, and electricity lines causing a power outage in part of the village.

Israeli forces' use of tear gas, stun grenades, rubber-coated steel bullets and skunk-water -- a foul-smelling liquid often used to disperse protesters -- is common in during demonstrations in the village and throughout the occupied West Bank.

Residents of Kafr Qaddum stage regular protests against land confiscations as well as the closure of the village's southern road by Israeli forces. The road, which has been closed 13 years, is the main route to the nearby city of Nablus, the nearest economic center.

Kafr Qaddum has also lost large swathes of its land to Israeli settlements, outposts and the 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 Jewish-only settlements alone -- Kedumim, Kedumim Zefon, Jit, and Givat HaMerkaziz.
Comments
Outlier / USA
Really?! A photograph 20 months old? Ma'an should be embarrassed!
21/08/2015 23:39
spb / usa
the palestinians are on the attack Israelis seem to be standing calm. so i'd say don't dance if you done like the tone
22/08/2015 00:28
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