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Israeli forces injure 3 Palestinians with live fire during protests in Kafr Qaddum

July 1, 2016 9:23 P.M. (Updated: July 3, 2016 4:16 P.M.)
QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Three Palestinians, including a teenager, were shot and injured with live fire by Israeli forces when clashes broke out during the weekly-held protest in the village of Kafr Qaddum near Qalqiliya, while Israeli forces also suppressed protests in the village of Bilin in the central West Bank.

Locals sources in Bilin said that protesters suffered from tear gas inhalation as Israeli forces dispersed the protest, also firing stun grenades and setting farmlands on fire.

Meanwhile in Kafr Qaddum, popular resistance coordinator in the village Murad Shtewei told Ma’an that Israeli forces opened fire at the protest minutes after it began, injuring Ahmad Imad,15, with a live bullet in the stomach, Muhammad Nidal with a live bullet in the leg, and a third unidentified youth.

Nidal and Imad were taken to Rafidiya hospital in Nablus for treatment, where they were said to be in moderate condition.

Shtewei added that hundreds joined the protest to mark the fifth year anniversary of demonstrations in the village.

Residents of Kafr Qaddum began staging protests in 2011 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.

He said 330 protests have been held over that period, during which time 84 protesters have been injured by live fire, including 12 children.

Some 120 others have been detained at protests and were subsequently held in Israeli custody for periods ranging between four and 24 months, Shtewei said, adding that they have paid fines totaling some 25,000 shekels (approximately $6,488).

Over the course of five years, an elderly protester was killed after suffering from excessive tear gas inhalation, one youth lost his eyesight, and another his ability to speak, he added.

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