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Israeli forces injure two Palestinians in Kafr Qaddum clashes

May 20, 2016 6:50 P.M. (Updated: May 21, 2016 1:59 P.M.)

QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinians were injured on Friday when Israeli forces dispersed the weekly protest in the occupied West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum near Qalqiliya.

Popular resistance coordinator in Kafr Qaddum Murad Shtewei said Israeli forces fired tear gas at youths, injuring two who were hit directly by tear gas canisters.

One Palestinian was hit in the neck and taken to Rafidia Hospital in moderate condition, while the other was hit by a tear gas canister in the foot and was treated on the scene.

Shtewei added that dozens suffered from tear gas inhalation, including women and children, due to the high volume of tear gas fired by Israeli forces.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an that Israeli forces used "riot dispersal means" after a "violent riot" erupted around noon. She added that she had no information about Israeli soldiers injured in the clashes.

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 center.

Many villages in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem participate in weekly Friday protests, including Nabi Saleh, Bilin, Nilin, and al-Masara.

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

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), at least 1,799 Palestinians have been injured by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank since the beginning of the year.

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