QALQILYA, Wednesday. August 26, 2020 (WAFA) – A Palestinian activist today accused the Israeli military of planting explosives in the village of Kufr Qaddoum in the north of the West Bank with the intention of hurting civilians.
Murad Shteiwi, coordinator of Popular Resistance in Kufr Qaddoum, said Israeli occupation soldiers planted three explosive devices in boxes in the village after they had stormed the eastern area of the village near a water reservoir and a public park on Tuesday and Wednesday and that the devices were discovered on Thursday.
He said one of the boxes exploded and slightly wounded a village resident in his 30s in his hand and eye, while the second box was detonated after stones were thrown at it and its explosion was stronger than the first.
The occupation army then returned to the village detonated the third bomb apparently to hide its actions.
Shteiwi said that on Tuesday of the same week, some of the children in the village noticed cardboards with Hebrew inscriptions warning anyone who approaches that area of death or being blown up.
He pointed out that a group of women, accompanied by children, were wandering in that area before one of them discovered the explosives in orange boxes and covered with pieces of cloth usually used by the occupation army as a camouflage.
He said that after the occupation army has failed in suppressing the village’s weekly protests for the past nine years, it has resorted to this deadly method in order to deter the people and stop the popular resistance, pointing to what was published by the Israeli newspaper, Ha'aretz, in which soldiers from the Nahal unit admitted to planting these devices to deter citizens.