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Five Palestinians injured during Kafr Qaddum weekly protest

July 28, 2018 11:52 A.M. (Updated: July 28, 2018 2:04 P.M.)
QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Four Palestinian youths were injured as Israeli forces suppressed the weekly Kafr Qaddum march in the northern occupied district of Qalqiliya on Friday.

Coordinator of the local popular committee of Kafr Qaddum, Murad Ishteiwi, said that Israeli forces attacked peaceful protesters firing live bullets, rubber coated steel bullets and tear-gas bombs.

Five Palestinians were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets, including 13-year-old Khalid Murad, while dozens others suffered tear-gas inhalation.

Ishteiwi added that Israeli soldiers held a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance preventing the crew from evacuating Palestinian women who were assaulted when Israeli forces raided a house, belonging to local Rafiq Ishteiwi, to be used by Israeli snipers.

Clashes erupted in the town afterwards between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian youths.

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.

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