Israeli troops crack down on peaceful protest
August 18 2017 10:57 PM
Israeli soldiers charge towards  Palestinian protesters in the West Bank village of Kofr Qadom near
Israeli soldiers charge towards Palestinian protesters in the West Bank village of Kofr Qadom near Nablus yesterday.


Israeli occupation forces yesterday attacked the peaceful weekly anti-settlement march in the village of Kafr Qaddum, east of Qalqilya. 
The marchers were demanding the opening of the village road which has remained closed for more than 14 years.
The co-ordinator of the villages popular resistance Murad Shteiwi, said that the Israeli occupation forces used live ammunition and rubber-coated metal bullets to repress the march, without causing injuries to the demonstrators.
He added that Israeli soldiers also broke into the homes of Palestinian citizens and got on the roofs and used them as military barracks. They also ambushed abandoned homes to arrest demonstrators. 
In another incident Israeli occupation forces attacked Palestinians and foreign activists who participated a peaceful march in the village of Ni’lin against settlements and the apartheid wall.
Local sources said that the occupation forces deployed in the area adjacent to the wall (the southern side of the village) attacked the demonstrators with tear gas, rubber bullets and sound bombs, while Palestinian youths threw stones and torched rubber tires.
The sources added that dozens of young men, citizens and foreigners took part in the march, which came in response to the arrest of a family of one of the prisoners from “Cooper” village and the demolition of martyrs’ homes.
Separately, Israeli occupation forces detained a young Palestinian man in the early hours of yesterday after storming into his house and tampering with its contents in the neighbourhood of Silwan on the outskirts of the Old City of Jerusalem, Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.
The occupation forces physically assaulted the mother and young sister of the 17-year-old detainee in the process.
In addition, the occupation forces detained a Palestinian youth near Shuafat refugee camp in central Jerusalem on allegation of being spotted with a knife near an occupation army officer.
In Bethlehem, the occupation forces detained a youth from the city today morning after storming and inspecting his house.

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