Soldiers Attack Kufur Qaddoum Weekly Protest

Friday January 21; Israeli soldiers attacked the weekly nonviolent protest against the Annexation Wall and Settlements, in Kufur Qaddoum village, near the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, kidnapped one resident and wounded several others.

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Kufur Qaddoum Protest – Image Kufur Qaddoum Facebook Page

Morad Shteiwy, coordinator of the Popular Committee Against the Wall in Kufur Qaddoum, reported that the soldiers kidnapped one resident identified as Hilmi Shteiwy, 21.

He added that the soldiers fired several gas bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets at the protesters; dozens of residents were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Also, soldiers violently attacked and beat resident Zahy Ali, 47, leading to several cuts and bruises to various parts of his body.

Shteiwy said that dozens of soldiers invaded the village during early morning hours Friday, and closed the main road that leads to the village to the Al-Jabal area in an attempt to prevent the residents from conducting their weekly protest.

After the army attacked the protesters, a number of youths hurled stones and empty bottles at them.

Also on Friday, three protesters and a journalist were injured when the soldiers attacked the anti-wall and settlements protests across the West Bank.

Protests were also held in Bil’in and Ni’lin villages, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and in the Al Ma’sara village, near Bethlehem.

Three protesters and a journalist were slightly injured by Israeli army rubber-coated steel bullets in the village of Bil’in, and many protesters were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation in Ni’lin.

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