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Dozens suffer tear-gas inhalation during Kafr Qaddum march

Nov. 2, 2018 5:03 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 3, 2018 12:52 P.M.)
QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- A number of 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 a local popular committee of Kafr Qaddum, Murad Ishteiwi, said that dozens of Israeli forces raided the village and attacked protesters with live bullets, rubber-coated steel bullets and tear-gas bombs.

Although no protesters were shot, many protesters suffered from tear-gas inhalation and received immediate medical treatment on the scene.

Violent clashes broke out between Israeli forces and Palestinian youths due to the raid.

Ishteiwi added that Israeli forces also raided a home in the village, belonging to Zahi Ali, and held him along with his family inside the home, while soldiers used the rooftop to shoot at protesters and take photos of them.

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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