Tensions flared once again in the village of Kafr Qaddoum, east of Qalqilia, as Israeli occupation forces attacked Palestinian protesters during their weekly demonstration against Israeli settlements. According to local sources, three Palestinians were wounded by Israeli gunfire, and dozens suffered from tear gas inhalation during the protest.
The weekly demonstrations, held for years, have been a focal point of resistance against the Israeli occupation’s continued expansion of illegal settlements and the closure of vital roads to the village. Palestinian residents have persistently expressed their discontent with the Israeli government’s policies in the region.
The clash erupted when protesters marched to denounce the Israeli occupation’s ongoing crimes against the Palestinian people. Israeli occupation soldiers fired rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas canisters at the demonstrators, causing injuries and breathing difficulties among the participants.
Paramedics were quick to respond to the injured, providing medical treatment at the scene. Those suffering from tear gas inhalation also received immediate first aid. The wounded are currently receiving medical care as their conditions stabilize.
Kafr Qaddoum has been a frequent flashpoint for clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli occupation forces. The weekly demonstrations are a testament to the determination of local residents who continue to demand justice and their rights to the land in the face of ongoing Israeli settlements.
The closure of vital roads to Kafr Qaddoum in favor of illegal Israeli settlements has been a longstanding grievance. The villagers argue that these road closures have not only disrupted their daily lives but also impeded access to essential services and resources.
The recent Israeli abuses in the West Bank has once again exposed the deep-rooted human rights violations that Palestinians face under Israeli occupation. They also highlight the urgent need for international efforts to end the occupation and address the core issues that fuel these violations.