QALQILIA, Friday, November 12, 2021 (WAFA) – Two Palestinian youth were shot and injured and dozens of others suffocated by tear gas as Israeli forces quelled a peaceful anti-settlement demonstration in the village of Kufr Qaddoum, east of Qalqilia, the occupied West Bank, said a local activist.
The coordinator of the popular resistance committee in the village of Kufr Qaddoum, Murab Shtawi, said Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets and shot teargas canisters at the protesters causing the two injuries, who were taken to hospital, as well as the suffocation of dozens others from inhaling the tear gas.
The resident of Kuf Qaddoum also rallied to mark the 17th-anniversary of the death of late president Yasser Arafat.
They also rally to protest Israel’s closure of the main road that connects the village of Kufr Qaddoum with the city of Nablus since 2003.
"Before 2003, the residents of Kufr Qaddum would use a shorter road to the east in order to come and go to nearby cities and villages.
However, as the settlements expanded so that they overwhelmed the road, it became closed for Palestinian use, said Addameer Human Rights Association.
The only alternative road is roughly six times longer than the previous route, disrupting the villagers’ ability to attend university, their jobs, and other vital aspects of their economic and social well-being, noted Addameer.
"Three Palestinian deaths relating to the road’s closure occurred between 2004 and 2005," it said. Although Kufr Qaddum’s Popular Resistance Committee took their case to the Israeli High Court in 2003, the legal status of the road remains unchanged, stressed Addameer.
After all legal appeals failed, villagers decided to organize weekly demonstrations in July 2011, a step that was met with violent suppression by Israeli forces.