Fifteen Palestinians were shot and injured by Israeli soldiers, Friday, at the weekly protest in the northern West Bank village of Kufur Qaddoum, the Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.

Locals in Kufur Qaddoum village, in the Qalqilia governorate, have been organizing protests every Friday for several years, to express their rejection of the illegal Israeli settlements and the Apartheid Wall.

Local official, Morad Eshteiwi, coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies, told WAFA that Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel rounds and tear-gas at the demonstrators, injuring 15 of them rubber-coated steel rounds, while many others suffered the toxic effects of toxic tear-gas inhalation.

All injuries were said to have been treated by local medics on site.

Deputy Chairman of the ruling Fatah Movement, Mahmoud al-Aloul, who took part in the demonstration, said the protest was a clear statement that the Palestinian people and their leadership are unified in their rejection of Israel’s plan to expropriate more Palestinian-owned land, in addition to their struggle for freedom and independence.

~ WAFA, Wall and Settlement Resistance Committee