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Two Palestinians injured as Israeli forces suppress Kafr Qaddum march

Nov. 16, 2018 4:58 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 17, 2018 12:48 P.M.)
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QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- At least two Palestinians were injured by Israeli rubber-coated steel bullets, while several others suffered tear-gas inhalation as Israeli forces suppressed the Kafr Qaddum weekly march in the northern occupied West Bank district of Qalqiliya.

Coordinator of the local popular committee of Kafr Qaddum, Murad Ishteiwi, said that clashes erupted between Israeli forces and Palestinian youths; during which Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets and tear-gas canisters targeting protesters.

At least two protesters were injured, and many others suffered tear-gas suffocation; one of the injuries was treated on the spot while the other was transferred to a hospital for treatment.

Ishteiwi added that Israeli soldiers went up rooftops of local houses; two were identified as belonging to Zuhdi Ishteiwi and Khaldun Abu Khalid, in order for snipers to target protesters easily and soldier.

Israeli soldiers were also seen taking pictures of protesters.

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 15 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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