Kfer Qaddum November 6 2015
A teen injured by a live fire in Kafr Qaddoum
On Friday November 6, after midday prayers an 18 year old was shot in the thigh with live ammunition by an Israeli sniper on during the weekly protest . The wounded youth was treated at the scene by Red Crescent paramedics, then rushed to the Raffidiya Hospital in Nablus where the bullet was removed from his leg.
The Israeli occupying army tasked with suppressing the march entered Kafr Qaddoum village before 11am, an hour ahead of the start of the march, with army snipers positioning themselves in the gardens of a number of houses.
More than 50 villagers, accompanied by international and Israeli solidarity activists, were attacked by a barrage of tear gas soon after the march began. Israeli bulldozers removed rocks villagers put on the road to obstruct the army incursion into the village; the skunk water truck doused homes with its obnoxious smelling water.
The demonstrators moved to another street and there snipers targeted them from their positions on a nearby slope. That is where the latest Kafr Qaddoum victim of the Israeli army violence was shot. He is one of 77 villagers who have been injured by live fire in recent months. Many more have been wounded by rubber coated steel bullets including two children, one five year old girl and a six year old. Incidents of tear gas inhalation injuries are on a massive scale.
Kafr Qaddoum is located in the north of the occupied West Bank, 13 kilometers west of Nablus. Since 2011 the villagers have been staging regular Friday protests against the expansion of the illegal Israeli settlement Qedumin, which is built on land stolen from the villagers.
In addition, the protesters demand opening of the main road linking Kafr Qaddoum to the city of Nablus, which was closed by the illegal settlers in 2003. As a result the villagers have to take a detour of about three times the distance and significantly more expensive in transport costs.
Video by the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee of this Friday´s protest can be seen here:
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