A 12-year-old boy was wounded Friday by live Israeli fire during a weekly demonstration in the Nablus area in the West Bank, Palestinian media reported.
During a weekly protest at the Palestinian village of Kafr Qaddum, Israeli forces shot the youth in the leg, according to the Palestinian news agency Wafa, citing a local official. Another man was injured while running away from the soldiers, and taken to hospital, the report said, without specifying their condition.
The village has become one of the last strongholds of widespread protests in the West Bank, with protesters demanding to get the road connecting the village to Kedumim settlement reopened so to cut their drive time to Nablus, the nearest major Palestinian city.
The road, dating back to the days of the Turks, was once the village’s main route to Jit, the adjacent village, and from there to the larger city of Nablus – a kilometer and a half to Jit, 13 kilometers to Nablus. Now it’s 15 kilometers to Jit and 26 to Nablus on winding roads. Ten times and twice as far from the village, respectively.
Meanwhile, Israeli forces fired tear gas at Palestinian protesters near the evacuated outpost of Evyatar, also in the Nablus area. According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, adding that 87 people required medical attention, but none sustained serious injuries.
Last June, Evyatar residents agreed to evacuate the site on condition that the government leave the houses there intact.
The agreement between the settlers and the government also provided that the settlers could return if the land was deemed to be owned by the state. A survey conducted by the Civil Administration, the agency that implements Israeli policy in the West Bank, found that 60 dunams (15 acres) of the site could be declared state-owned land.