QALQILIA, Friday, February 21, 2020 (WAFA) – Two Palestinians were injured today as Israeli forces attacked dozens of protesters taking part in the weekly anti-settlements protest in the village of Kafr Qaddum, near Qalqilia in the occupied West Bank, said Morad Shtewi, coordinator of the popular resistance in the village.
During the protest, which turned into clashes with Israeli troops, an Israeli army bulldozer was filmed pushing large rocks towards the protesters in the village putting their lives at risk, injuring a Palestinian child identified as Mo’men Shtewi, 9, and Palestine TV photojournalist Mohammad Enaya, 28.
The child was treated at the scene while the photojournalist was moved to nearby Darwish Nazzal hospital for treatment, where his condition was described as moderate.
Israeli soldiers also attacked the protesters with rubber-coated rounds and teargas canisters to disperse them, causing many cases of suffocation from gas inhalation.
For many years, villagers from Kafr Qaddum and neighboring villages have been organizing a nonviolent protest on Fridays against illegal Israeli settlements, and to call on Israeli authorities to reopen the village’s main road, which has been sealed by the occupation authorities since 2002.