Israel attacks Friday marches in West Bank

Feb 20,2021

IOF quelled the weekly Kafr Qaddum march against settlements and against the closure of the village’s main street

Three Palestinians were wounded on Friday during confrontations with the Israeli occupation forces in Khan al-Laban al-Sharqiya, Beit Dajan, east of Nablus, and Kafr Qaddum in Qalqilya.

Local sources said that IOF soldiers attacked a peaceful march rejecting the establishment of a settlement outpost in the lands of Beit Dajan village, east of Nablus.

Eyewitness said that the IOF soldiers attacked citizens while they were in Khan al-Laban to perform Friday prayer. The soldiers beat one citizen with rifle butts.

Meanwhile, IOF quelled the weekly Kafr Qaddum march against settlements and against the closure of the village’s main street, which has been closed for more than 18 years.

Murad Shteiwi, the coordinator of the popular resistance in Kafr Qaddum, said that confrontations broke out and the IOF soldiers fired rubber-coated metal and sponge bullets and tear gas canisters at the participants. 

A young man was wounded with a sponge bullet in his foot while dozens suffered breathing problems.

The Palestinian youths responded to the IOF attack by throwing stones at the soldiers and throwing back the tear gas canisters.

Every Friday and Saturday, marches are launched denouncing settlement activity in different areas of the West Bank. The participants perform Friday prayer on lands threatened with confiscation and clashes erupt during the IOF quelling of these marches.