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Israeli forces target West Bank protesters during Israeli Apartheid Week

March 4, 2016 6:05 P.M. (Updated: March 5, 2016 12:31 P.M.)
A protester in the village of Kafr Qaddum carries a 12-year-old injured by live fire on March 4, 2016 (Jafar Ishtayyah)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian and international activists demonstrated in marches in the occupied West Bank during Israeli Apartheid Week on Friday, with Israeli forces targeting several protests with tear gas and live fire, injuring a 12-year-old boy.

Two Palestinians, including a child, were injured by live fire as Israeli forces dispersed the weekly protest in the northern occupied West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum.

Khalid Murad Shtewei, 12, was shot in his right leg, while Mashhour Jumaa, 45, was shot in the thigh while trying to rescue Shtewei.

They were both taken to a hospital in Nablus for treatment.

Doctors operated on Khalid, who suffered from severe damage to the bones in his legs.

Video footage taken in Kafr Qaddum showed the young boy struggling to get up after being shot in the leg, and Jumaa being shot as he tried to carry Khalid away from the soldiers. The video later shows both Palestinian receiving first aid treatment in an ambulance.

Khalid Shtewei, 12, lies injured in the streets of Kafr Qaddum after being shot with live bullets by Israeli forces on March 4, 2016. (Jafar Ishtayyah)

Khalid Shtewei, 12, and Mashhour Jumaa, 45, lie injured in the streets of Kafr Qaddum after being shot with live bullets by Israeli forces on March 4, 2016. (Jafar Ishtayyah)

In the central West Bank village of Bilin, demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation as Israeli forces suppressed the locality’s well-known weekly march.

Bilin protesters waved Palestinian flags and marched across the village chanting slogans calling for national unity, Palestinian rights, and for the boycott of Israel on the occasion of Israeli Apartheid Week.

Israeli soldiers chased protesters to the western entrance of the village while throwing tear gas bombs which reached houses and affected dozens of children, women and elderly people

Israeli forces also used a drone to monitor and photograph the protesters.

It is not uncommon for Israeli forces to use small surveillance drones to monitor protests in the West Bank and identify demonstrators.

In 2015, Israeli human rights lawyer Itay Mack told Israeli newspaper Haaretz that Israeli forces used weekly protests to test out new technology.

“Testing new weapons and security devices is such a major part of the weekly protests -- it's the only really logical reason the Israelis choose to engage with something they could just as easily ignore,” Mack was quoted as saying.

Israeli forces fire tear gas at Palestinian protesters in Bilin. (Mohammed Yasin)

Protesters march in Bilin on March 4, 2016. (Mohammed Yasin)

Bilin popular committee coordinator Abdullah Abu Rahmeh told Ma’an said that weekly marches and protests against Israel would continue until the occupation of Palestinian lands comes to an end.

Earlier on Friday, two Palestinian Red Crescent paramedics suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation when Israeli forces fired a tear gas canister at their ambulance during clashes in Bethlehem.

Meanwhile, dozens of Palestinian and Israeli peace activists marched along Route 60 between the town of Beit Jala and Jerusalem to demand the end of the occupation.

Activists held signs which read “Enough violence, enough victims” and “This will not end until we talk.”

2016 marks the 12th year of Israeli Apartheid Week, with an estimated 200 cities across the world participating in events denouncing discriminatory Israeli policies against Palestinians.

Many villages in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem participate in weekly Friday protests, notably in Kafr Qaddum, Bilin, Nabi Saleh, Nillin, and al-Masara.

Israeli forces have come under repeated criticism for excessive use force as well as lethal methods of crowd control that often result in death or injury of protesters.

Activists march between Beit Jala and Jerusalem on March 4, 2016. (MaanImages)

Activists march between Beit Jala and Jerusalem on March 4, 2016. (MaanImages)

Activists march between Beit Jala and Jerusalem on March 4, 2016. (MaanImages)

Activists march between Beit Jala and Jerusalem on March 4, 2016. (MaanImages)

Activists march between Beit Jala and Jerusalem on March 4, 2016. (MaanImages)

Activists march between Beit Jala and Jerusalem on March 4, 2016. (MaanImages)

Activists march between Beit Jala and Jerusalem on March 4, 2016. (MaanImages)

Activists march between Beit Jala and Jerusalem on March 4, 2016. (MaanImages)

Activists march between Beit Jala and Jerusalem on March 4, 2016. (MaanImages)

Activists march between Beit Jala and Jerusalem on March 4, 2016. (MaanImages)

Activists march between Beit Jala and Jerusalem on March 4, 2016. (MaanImages)

Activists march between Beit Jala and Jerusalem on March 4, 2016. (MaanImages)

Activists march between Beit Jala and Jerusalem on March 4, 2016. (MaanImages)

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