QALQILIA, Friday, May 13, 2022 (WAFA) – At least two Palestinians today were shot and injured by rubber-coated steel bullets, and dozens of others suffocated, including children, as Israeli forces quelled the peaceful anti-settlement demonstration in the village of Kufr Qaddoum, east of Qalqilia, the occupied West Bank.
Coordinator of the popular resistance committee in the village of Kufr Qaddoum, Murad Shtawi, said Israeli forces attacked participants in the rally with rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas canisters, shooting and injuring two youth in their lower extremities and causing dozens of others to suffocate due to tear gas inhalation.
Participants in the rally also condemned the Israeli forces’ killing of Al-Jazeera journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, chanting slogans condemning the Israeli occupation’s crimes against the Palestinian people, land, and holy sites.
The resident of Kuf Qaddoum 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.
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.