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Nablus police chief, 3-year-old daughter injured by Israeli fire

Sept. 25, 2015 4:08 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 29, 2015 10:51 A.M.)
Three-year-old Maram Abed al-Latif al-Qaddumi was shot in the head by Israeli forces with a rubber bullet in the occupied West Bank town of Kafr Qaddum. (MaanImages/Murad Ishteiwi)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- The chief of police in the Nablus district and his three-year-old daughter were injured after being shot by Israeli forces with rubber-coated bullets on Friday during a raid in the village of Kafr Qaddum in Qalqiliya.

A Fatah leader in Kafr Qaddum, Murad Ishteiwi, told Ma'an that Israeli forces directly shot at three-year-old Maram Abed al-Latif al-Qaddumi, injuring her with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the head while she was standing on a balcony in her home.

Ishteiwi added that when her father, Colonel Abd al-Latif al-Qaddumi, attempted to aid her and take her to the hospital in his car, Israeli forces opened fire, injuring him in the head.

They were both taken to the Rafidia Governmental Hospital in Nablus where their injuries were reported as moderate. Both are currently in a stable condition.

Ishteiwi said that Israeli forces had raided the area and set up several ambushes inside of the town in an attempt to prevent the weekly Kafr Qaddum march.

An Israeli army spokesperson didn't have any immediate information but told Ma'an they were looking into the incident.

On Sept. 11,Israeli military forces raided the house of al-Qaddumi, and turned his home into a military outpost after evicting his wife and children.

Days earlier,Israeli forces held al-Qaddumi for more than an hour near the entrance of Hijja village west of Nablus.

Last week Israeli forces shot and injured a 14-year-old with live fire in Kafr Qaddum during a demonstration.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an that there was a "riot" in Kafr Qaddum, where protesters threw rocks and rolled burning tires at Israeli forces, who opened fire "using .22 caliber rounds towards the extremities of the main instigator and a hit was confirmed."

A weekly average of 39 Palestinians have been injured by Israeli forces since the start of 2015. The majority of injuries sustained by Palestinains occur during unarmed demonstrations.

Rights organizations have argued that methods of crowd control used by Israeli forces often result in excessive, and sometimes fatal, use of force.

Residents of Kafr Qaddum carry out weekly demonstrations in protest of the now 13-year closure of the main street out of the village, which leads to nearby Nablus -- the area's economical hub.

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

Comments
Eagle / USA
Children should be at home if theyr older moron friends are on the streets throwin rocks and firebombs at the authorities... No pity here.
25/09/2015 22:58
Joe Fattal / USA
When the Israeli forces start shooting at a three years old child you know they are desperate for a win. When an occupation force feel they are losing control of a situation they resort to whatever means available to them even shooting a 3 years old child.
26/09/2015 00:00
Olga / Western Wall
She is 3 years old. What would an IDF soldiers do or feel if it was their innocent baby? No excuses, this has got to stop.
26/09/2015 08:28
Othman Md saat / Malaysia.
The zionist soldiers are really bastard as well as coward and big bully on children and young men ,because always shooting the innocent palestinian without any weapons in defence them self ! They definitely scared with Hamas soldiers face to face that may cut off their heads .
26/09/2015 16:03
Spud / Ireland
@Eagle yes, because a 3 year old has a clear grasp of the situation and is friends with the rioters. Have you no empathy you impaired halfwit?
26/09/2015 16:56
Yael / Israel
Eagle, the three year-old was at home standing on her balcony when she was shot! How are you gonna explain that one away?
26/09/2015 17:41
SkyeBoat / USA
Absolutely no excuse for this NOR what the Israelis are doing to any of the Palestinians. It's genocide supported by so many incredibly stupid people in America who get their "news" from the lying mainstream media who are owned by the zionists.
26/09/2015 19:45
@ Olga / USA
It is horrible that SHE WAS hurt, and just as horrible that she was
USED AS A HUMAN-SHIELD, by militants throwing stones (or preparing to shoot) beside her, AND FOR PROPAGANDA.
26/09/2015 22:42
Jon / USA
@eagle The child was at home you moron. Standing on her balcony. It is unfortunate that you cannot read, who wrote this for you, a fellow moron. No pity for your stupidity, go to school and learn how to think independently from the Israeli hasbara who will lie to you in a heartbeat.
27/09/2015 01:06
Truly / USA
We are sick nation....
we think whatever Israel does is right.
27/09/2015 06:48
Outsider / EU
Olga: "USED AS A HUMAN-SHIELD" A 3 year-old on a balcony in her own home? And the father rushing to hospital shot as well?

The Israeli forces should not even be there, let alone losing their wits and firing at 3 year-olds.
27/09/2015 10:43
hammel / canada
how come there are so many photographers in the picture?
27/09/2015 14:09
carlos / usa
Because people care deeply about israels human rights abuses. There would be more cameras but israeli troops have been stealing cameras and beating up Journalists.
28/09/2015 19:29
Colin Wright / USA
re Eagle, Olga, hammel. A three year old is shot on her own balcony. Who but Zionists could defend this?
28/09/2015 20:19
@hammel / canada
Umm, all of them are holding gas masks, not cameras.
29/09/2015 22:28
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