Palestinian medical sources have reported, Friday, that four young men were wounded, one moderately, after Israeli soldiers assaulted the weekly protest in Kufur Qaddoum, near the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia.The protesters marched demanding the army to reopen the main village road that was blocked 13 years ago in order to enable easy access of Israeli colonizers to the Kedumim illegal colony, built on Palestinian lands.
Coordinator of the Popular Committee in Kufur Qaddoum, Morad Eshteiwy, said the soldiers used excessive force against the nonviolent protesters, and fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sponge-tipped bullets, and gas bombs.
Medical sources said Yousef Eshteiwy, 24 years of age, was shot with a sponge-tipped round in the head, and was moved to the Rafidia Hospital, in Nablus, suffering a moderate injury.
He added that residents Auws Amer, 24, ‘Odai Samir and Mohammad ‘Aqel suffered mild injuries, and received treatment by local medics.
Eshteiwy said the protesters celebrated the UN General Assembly vote in favor of raising the Palestinian flag at the United Nations, and chanted for ongoing resistance against the occupation until liberation and independence.
It is worth mentioning that the soldiers invaded the village, and broke into a number of homes before using their rooftops as firing posts and monitoring towers.
The army also sprayed several homes with wastewater mixed with chemicals, leading to further clashes with local youths, who hurled stones and empty bottles on the invading vehicles.
Also on Friday, soldiers attacked the weekly nonviolent protest in Bil’in village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, causing scores of injuries.