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Palestinian teen injured during Kafr Qaddum weekly march

Sept. 7, 2018 5:25 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 8, 2018 12:11 P.M.)
QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- A 16-year-old Palestinian was injured with a rubber-coated steel bullet by Israeli forces as they suppressed the weekly anti-settlement march, on Friday afternoon, in the Kafr Qaddum village in the northern occupied West Bank district of Qalqiliya.

Coordinator of popular resistance committee in Kafr Qaddum, Murad Ishteiwi, said that Israeli forces raided the village, went up rooftops of houses and fired rubber-coated steel bullets and tear-gas bombs at protesters taking part in the march.

Ishteiwi confirmed that a 16-year-old boy was injured in the leg and was treated on the spot.

Hundreds of Palestinians threw empty bottles and rocks at Israeli soldiers while repeating national slogans.

Protesters welcomed Paraguay's decision to return its embassy back to Tel Aviv.

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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