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Israeli forces raid Kafr Qaddum, suppress weekly march

Nov. 24, 2017 6:15 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 25, 2017 5:21 P.M.)
QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces raided the Kafr Qaddum town in eastern Qalqiliya in the northern occupied West Bank on Friday, suppressing the town’s weekly march against illegal Israeli settlement construction in the area.

Coordinator of the village’s popular resistance Murad Shteiwi told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the town after the march set off.

According to Shteiwi, forces “attacked” protesters using rubber-coated steel bullets. No injuries or detentions were reported.

The march had set off after Friday prayers, with locals, international and Israeli activists taking place in the protest.

Residents of Kafr Qaddum began staging weekly protests in 2011 against Israeli 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 dozens have been injured by live fire, including 12 children, Shteiwi told Ma'an during a similar protest last year.

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