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Israeli forces launch tear gas at protesters in Kafr Qaddum

June 17, 2016 10:38 P.M. (Updated: June 17, 2016 10:41 P.M.)
(MaanImages/Iyas Abu Rahmeh, File)
QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Dozens of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation as Israeli forces on Friday dispersed the weekly protest in village of Kafr Qaddum in the northern occupied West Bank district of Qalqiliya.

Popular resistance coordinator in Kafr Qaddum, Murad Shtewei, said Israeli forces raided the village and deployed snipers on people's homes and fired tear gas at participants in the protest demonstrators and houses, causing several to suffer from tear gas inhalation, who were treated on the scene.

Hundreds took part in the weekly protest, including foreign and Israeli activists, Shtewei added.

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.

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