Three Palestinians injured after Israeli forces attack West Bank rally

Three Palestinians injured after Israeli forces attack West Bank rally
Three Palestinians were injured after Israeli forces shot rubber-coated metal rounds at a weekly rally in a town in the occupied West Bank.
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20 May, 2023
The incident took place in Kafr Qaddum, an occupied West Bank town that holds weekly protests [Nedal Eshtayah/Anadolu Agency/Getty]

Three young Palestinians were injured after Israeli forces attacked a weekly rally against settlement activity in the occupied West Bank, according to an activist.

They were wounded by rubber-coated metal bullets after Israeli forces shot at the rally in Kafr Qaddum, a town that holds weekly protests.

Israeli forces stationed themselves on roofs, activist Murad Ishtaiwi was cited as saying by the official Palestinian news agency Wafa.

The raiding Israeli forces also deployed tear gas, which caused difficulty in breathing for dozens of Palestinians, who were tended to on-site.

Hundreds of locals joined the march following Friday prayers, which also protested the so-called Israeli "flag march" that took place in Jerusalem on Thursday and raids on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

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The march also commemorated the 1948 Nakba's recent anniversary. The Nakba ("catastrophe" in Arabic) saw over 750,000 Palestinians ethnically cleansed alongside the Israeli state's creation. Its 75th anniversary was observed on Monday.

The Jerusalem "flag march" is an annual far-right rally. The march on Thursday, which passed through the Old City of Jerusalem's Muslim Quarter, saw settlers chant "death to Arabs". Palestinians and journalists were also attacked.

Israeli violence against Palestinians and their property is routine.

So far this year, Israeli settlers and forces have killed over 150 Palestinians – an average of more than one per day.

Settlements breach international law. They are considered a key barrier to a workable two-state solution as they carve up Palestinian land.

There are more than 700,000 settlers residing illegally in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.