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Israeli forces injure 3 Palestinians during Kafr Qaddum protests

April 29, 2016 10:18 P.M. (Updated: June 3, 2016 7:33 P.M.)
QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Three Palestinians were injured and dozens suffered from tear gas inhalation as Israeli forces dispersed weekly protests in Kafr Qaddum in the northern West Bank district of Qalqiliya.

Coordinator for a popular resistance committee in the village Murad Shtewei said Israeli forces raided the village firing rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades.

Two were injured by rubber-coated steel bullets in the back and stomach, and a third suffered from burns after a tear gas canister hit his hand. They were all treated on the scene.

Shtewei added hundreds took part in the protest and raised Palestinian and South African flags.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an they were looking into the reports.

Residents of Kafr Qaddum stage regular protests against land confiscations as well as the closure of the village's southern road by Israeli forces. The road, which has been closed 13 years, is the main route to the nearby city of Nablus, the nearest economic hub.

Israeli forces have come under repeated criticism for excessive use force and methods of crowd control that often result in death or injury of protesters.

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