Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly procession against the Annexation Wall and Colonies, in Kufur Qaddoum village, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, wounding four young Palestinian men.
Todayâ€™s procession marks the eighth year of protests, demanding the army to reopen the townâ€™s main road, which was blockaded sixteen years ago, to enable easy access for illegal Israeli colonialist settlers, driving to and from â€śKedumimâ€ť colony, which was built on Palestinian lands.
The protesters marched carrying Palestinian flags, and chanting slogans against the ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestine, its illegal colonies, and the so-called â€śDeal of the Century,â€ť in addition to the â€śBahrain Conference,â€ť and all attempts to bury and deny the legitimate rights of liberation and independence, and the Right of Return of the Palestinian refugees.
Morad Eshteiwi, the media coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Kufur Qaddoum, said the soldiers resorted to the excessive use of force against the protesters, and fired many rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs.
He added that four young men were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets, and several Palestinians suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.
The protest was attended by many Israeli and international peace activists, in addition to Wassel Abu Yousef, a member of the Executive Committee of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Khaled Mansour, a member of the Political Bureau of the Palestinian Peopleâ€™s Party (PPP), in addition to Abdul-Elah al-Ateera, a member of the Revolutionary Council of Fateh Movement.