Several Palestinians Suffocate at Kufur Qaddoum, Nablus and Salfit Protests

18 Jul
7:28 AM

Three major demonstrations were held by Palestinians, on Friday, to express their objection to Israel’s continued colonial settlement activities in the occupied West Bank.

Israeli forces opened fire, on Friday afternoon, towards Palestinians during a peaceful protest north of Nablus city, in Asira Ash-Shamaliyya town, northern West Bank, according to Palestinian WAFA News Agency correspondent.

He confirmed that soldiers fired tear-gas canisters towards Palestinians marching against Israel’s attempt to expropriate land, resulting in several cases of tear-gas inhalation.

WAFA further reported that the Israeli army fired concussion grenades at Palestine TV cameraman and reporter, impeding his ability to cover the protest.

Walid Assaf, Chairman of the Anti-Wall and Settlement Commission, asserted the Palestinian peoples’ right to defend their land, and their commitment to do so, to counter Israel’s illegal colonial policies.

Eyewitnesses told the Palestinian Information Center that Israeli soldiers attacked the peaceful protesters with tear-gas canisters and stun grenades, injuring several demonstrators and burning nearby farmlands.

In Kufur Qaddoum village, east of Qalqilia city, in the northern West Bank, dozens of Palestinians suffered the toxic effects of tear-gas inhalation when the Israeli army suppressed the weekly demonstration against the separation wall and illegal settlements.

The coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Kufur Qaddoum, Morad Eshteiwi reported that the injured protesters were treated at the scene.

Meanwhile in Kifl Hares village, west of Salfit city, in the central West Bank, Israeli forces attacked a peaceful demonstration, blocking Palestinian civilians from marching on their lands, under threat of confiscation by the Israeli authorities for the purpose of illegal settlement expansion.

Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated steel rounds, tear-gas canisters, and concussion grenades at demonstrators, causing a number of minor injuries.

Video by Human Rights Defenders in Nablus

Video by Kufur Qaddoum

~ WAFA, PIC, Human Rights Defenders, Kufur Qaddoum, Activestills

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Ali Salam

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