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Israeli forces injure Palestinian with rubber bullet during march in Kafr Qaddum

June 30, 2017 6:10 P.M. (Updated: July 1, 2017 12:44 P.M.)
QALQILIYA (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces shot a Palestinian in his stomach with a rubber-coated steel bullet on Friday in the village of Kafr Qaddum in the northern occupied West Bank district of Qalqiliya during the village’s weekly march.

Popular resistance coordinator in the village Murad Shteiwi said that 22-year-old Anas Amir was injured with a rubber-coated steel bullet in his stomach when Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters and rubber bullets at the crowd of protesters.

He noted that Amir was treated on the scene by a Palestinian Red Crescent crew.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that a "violent riot" had broken out in Kafr Qaddum, where Palestinians were rolling burning tires and throwing rocks at Israeli forces. "In response to these threats, forces used crowd control means on the rioters," the spokesperson said.

She added that the army was aware of one Palestinian being injured by a rubber bullet.
Residents of Kafr Qaddum began staging weekly 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 for 14 years, is the main route to the nearby city of Nablus, the nearest economic center.

The Israeli army blocked off the road after expanding the illegal Israeli settlement of Kedumim in 2003, forcing village residents to take a bypass road in order to travel to Nablus, which has extended the travel time to Nablus from 15 minutes to 40 minutes, according to Israeli rights group B’Tselem.

Hundreds of Palestinians have been detained during the demonstrations since their start in 2011, and at least one protester was killed, while 84 have been injured by live fire, including 12 children, Shteiwi told Ma'an during a similar protest last year.

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