Israeli forces shot and injured, on Friday evening, a Palestinian man with live ammunition after settlers invaded the village of Kobar, northwest of Ramallah, in the central occupied West Bank, local sources reported.

Occupation soldiers arrived in the village after local Palestinians had succeeded in forcing illegal colonists to leave the village.

The colonizers attempted once again to take over the “Al-Batin” area of the village, raising the flag of the occupation state before Palestinians drove them out.

Occupation forces invaded the village shortly after Palestinians were able to resist the settler attack, which lead to protests.

Soldiers opened fire with live rounds and tear gas canisters, shooting a Palestinian young man in the foot with an expanding or “Toto” bullet.

Just two days ago, at least 100 settlers invaded the same area and assaulted Palestinian residents, injuring one man in the face, altercations ensued before Palestinians forced the invading settlers to withdraw.

One day prior to that, settlers installed a residential tent and water tanks in the area, under army protection, before local residents were able to drive the illegal colonizers off of Palestinian lands.

“Toto” or expanding rounds, designed to expand on impact for maximum damage, are illegal under International Humanitarian Law (IHL).

According to Article 8(2)(b)(xix) of the 1998 International Criminal Court (ICC) Statute, “[e]mploying bullets which expand or flatten easily in the human body, such as bullets with a hard envelope which does not entirely cover the core or is pierced with incisions,” constitutes a war crime in international armed conflicts. – International Committee of the Red Cross

    Example of an Expanding Bullet


For the last three nights, Palestinian youths have organized non-violent activities of the popular resistance, which they call night confusion activities, in an attempt to deter illegal colonists from returning and setting up another colonial outpost.