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Israeli forces disperse weekly protests in Kafr Qaddum

June 10, 2016 10:38 P.M. (Updated: June 11, 2016 10:58 A.M.)
QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Dozens suffered from tear gas inhalation when Israeli forces suppressed weekly Friday demonstrations in the occupied West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum, while protests were also staged in the village of Bilin.

Murad Shtewei, popular resistance coordinator in Kafr Qaddum in the northern West Bank district of Qalqiliya, said Israeli forces fired tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets, and used skunk water to disperse protesters, causing dozes to suffer from tear gas inhalation, who were treated on the scene.

Shtewei added that clashes broke out after Israeli forces raided the village, but no injuries were reported.

Meanwhile in the central occupied West Bank village of Bilin near Ramallah, activists carried out weekly protests Friday afternoon, calling for resistance against the Israeli occupation and the release of Palestinian prisoners.

Protesters raised Palestinian flags, and roamed the village's streets calling for Palestinian unity, resistance, and for the release of Palestinian prisoners.

Residents of Bilin, Israeli peace activists, and dozens of foreign activists took part in the protest, which was called for by Bilin popular resistance committee.

Bilin has long been one of the most active villages in organized opposition against Israeli policies, this year marking the eleventh consecutive year of weekly marches against expanding nearby settlements and the separation wall which separates residents from their private land.

Residents of Kafr Qaddum also 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.

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