Dozens injured by tear gas as Israel disperses Kafr Qaddum protest
Published Friday 10/01/2014 (updated) 12/01/2014 10:21
Tear gas in the streets of Kafr Qaddum in August 2013
QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Palestinians suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation after Israeli forces dispersed a protest in the village of Kafr Qaddum in the northern West Bank on Friday
Protest spokesman Murad Ishtewi said that Israeli soldiers raided several neighborhoods in the village and fired hundreds of tear gas canisters in residential areas, causing dozens of people to suffer from excessive tear gas inhalation.
A Ma'an reporter said that an Israeli bulldozer accompanied by a large number of soldiers also entered the area of the Omar ibn al-Khattab mosque while the clashes were ongoing.
The Israeli raids come just over a week after Israeli forces killed an 85-year-old Palestinian man in Kafr Qaddum after launching a large number of tear gas canisters into residential areas in the village during clashes.
Said Jasir succumbed to his wounds last Thursday after a canister landed in his house, causing him to choke to death.
Protests are held every Friday in Kafr Qaddum against Israel's closure of a main road linking the village to its nearest city, Nablus, as well as against the Israeli occupation more generally.
The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.