IOF quells weekly march of Kafr Qaddum

Six Palestinian citizens, including journalists, suffered bullet injuries on Friday when the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) attacked participants in the weekly anti-settlements march of Kafr Qaddum, east of Qalqilya.

According to WAFA news agency, two journalists were among the wounded Palestinians.

Morad Shetewi, coordinator of the popular resistance in the town, said Israeli soldiers fired live and rubber bullets and teargas canisters towards the protesters, injuring photojournalist Ayman Nubani of WAFA Agency and Nedal Shtayyeh of Xinhua Agency.

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The soldiers also assaulted and arrested a French solidarity activist during the protest.

Several other protesters suffered from their exposure to tear gas fumes.

Almost every Friday, Palestinians and foreign activists stage a weekly march in the town of Kafr Qaddum to protest Israel’s closure of the village’s main street and settlement activities.

The Israeli occupation army blocked off the road after expanding the illegal Israeli settlement of Kedumim in 2003, forcing village 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.

Source : The Palestinian Information Center