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Israeli forces injure 2 Palestinians in Kafr Qaddum march

Sept. 21, 2018 5:00 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 22, 2018 12:45 P.M.)
QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinians were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets fired by Israeli forces suppressing the weekly anti-settlement march, on Friday, in the Kafr Qaddum village in the northern occupied West Bank district of Qalqiliya.

Murad Ishteiwi, coordinator of popular resistance committee in Kafr Qaddum, said that clashes broke out between Palestinians and Israeli forces following the march.

Israeli forces used live ammunition and rubber-coated steel bullets, as well as tear-gas bombs to suppress protesters taking part in the march.

Ishteiwi confirmed that two Palestinians were injured, while dozens of others suffered from tear-gas inhalation.

The two injuries were treated on the spot.

Ishteiwi added that hundreds of Palestinian protesters participating in the march threw rocks and empty bottles towards Israeli forces while repeating national slogans.

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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