On Saturday afternoon, Israeli occupying soldiers in Kufur Qaddoum village, on the outskirts of the Palestinian West Bank city of Qalqilia, reportedly shot and wounded five local Palestinian peaceful protestors with rubber-coated steel bullets.

Local Palestinian sources said that an Israeli army troop attacked a peaceful protest near the Omar Bin Al-Khattab mosque, in the village of Kufur Qaddoum, as dozens of locals began protesting for the second day in row, Israel’s Apartheid Wall that has surrounded and confined their village for many years now.

Coordinator for the peaceful local popular resistance activities in Kufur Qaddoum, Morad Eshteiwi, told media outlets that Israeli soldiers, when confronted by peaceful protestors, opened heavy fire with rubber-coated steel bullets and volleys of tear-gas canisters, causing the injury of five civilians.

Local demonstrators chanted angry slogans against Israel, accusing it of further strangulating the Palestinian populations in Kufur Qaddoum and other Palestinian areas in the West Bank, Eshteiwi added.

He further noted that the protestors’ slogans condemned newly-revealed Israeli plans to annex a large part of the occupied West Bank, mainly in the northern Al-Aghwar area of the Jordan Valley.

Local peaceful protests by the villagers of Kufur Qaddoum are reported every Friday, in which the village expresses its stark rejection of Israeli policies of segregation by way of the Apartheid Wall, that has confiscated thousands of acres of Palestinian-owned farm lands, across the occupied West Bank.