Troops Attack Nonviolent Protest in Kufr Qaddoum

January 21, 2012 2:18 PM Saed Bannoura News Report, Non-violent action, Qalqilia 0
21 Jan
2:18 PM

Local sources in Kufr Qaddoum village, east of the northern west Bank city of Qalqilia, reported that Israeli soldiers attacked, on Friday, the weekly nonviolent protest against the Annexation Wall and settlements; dozens of injuries were reported. The procession started following Friday prayers while several leaders of the Fateh movement of President Mahmoud Abbas, and political leaders of different factions participated in the procession.

As the protestors, accompanied by Israeli and International peace activists, arrived at the sealed gate of the Annexation Wall, isolating the residents from their lands, soldiers started firing gas bombs leading to dozens of injuries.

Mahmoud Walweel, secretary-general of Fateh movement in the Qalqilia district, stated that the nonviolent resistance against the Wall and settlements will continue, and will continue to resist the fundamentalist government of Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, until liberation and independence.

Murad Shtewy, media coordinator of nonviolent protests in Kufr Qaddoum, stated that the protestors are committed to their just cause, and expressed support to president Mahmoud Abbas.

It is worth mentioning that, in 2003, after the residents started their nonviolent protests against the Wall and settlements, Israeli troops closed the main road that leads to the village.

Kufr Qaddoum is subject to repeated invasions and attacks carried out by the army and the settlers.

Also on Friday, three men were injured among them a medic when Israeli soldiers attacked the weekly protests at the central West Bank village of al Nabi Saleh. Villagers along with their international and Israeli supporters marched after the midday prayers.

Israeli soldiers stopped the march before it left the village and fired tear gas and rubber coated steel bullets at protesters. Two villagers were hit with rubber-coated steel bullets and a medic was hit with a tear gas bomb.

Villagers of Bil’in and Ni’lin also held their weekly nonviolent protests against the Israeli Wall on their lands. The two protests reached the wall then soldiers fired tear gas and sound bombs at people , many were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Also on Friday In the village of Al-Ma’asara, southern West Bank, Israeli troops attacked the weekly anti wall protest there and injured three men.

The protest strated after midday prayers, Israeli soldiers stopped protesters at the village entrance before reached lands owned by local farmers that Israeli is building the wall on. Later troops forced people back into the village using tear gas and rifle-buts, slightly injuring three men.

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Saed Bannoura

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