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Injuries reported as Israel suppresses weekly Kafr Qaddum march

Oct. 26, 2018 4:44 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 27, 2018 11:01 A.M.)
QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Several Palestinians and international peace activists were injured by Israeli forces during the weekly anti-settlement march, on Friday afternoon, in the Kafr Qaddum village in the northern occupied West Bank district of Qalqiliya.

Coordinator of the local popular committee of Kafr Qaddum, Murad Ishteiwi, said that Israeli forces raided the village in huge numbers and showered protesters with live bullets and tear-gas bombs, causing many to suffer tear-gas suffocation.

Those injured were treated on the spot.

Ishteiwi added that Israeli forces raided a local home belonging to Zahi Ali, held him and his family inside the house while soldiers used their rooftop to shoot at protesters.

Groups of Israeli settlers were gathered near the village's gate that was closed by Israeli forces early Friday morning.

Hundreds of protesters took part in the march that set off following Friday prayers, repeating slogans calling for unity and escalating protests against Israel.

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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