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3 Palestinians injured as Israeli forces suppress weekly Kafr Qaddum march

Nov. 30, 2018 5:12 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 1, 2018 1:26 P.M.)
QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Three Palestinian youths were injured by Israeli live bullets, while several others suffered tear-gas suffocation Israeli forces suppressed the weekly Kafr Qaddum march in the northern occupied West Bank, on Friday.

Coordinator of a local popular committee of Kafr Qaddum, Murad Ishteiwi, said that Israeli soldiers opened live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets and tear-gas bombs to suppress protesters, injuring three Palestinians, including two live fire injuries.

Those injured were transferred to the Rafidiya Governmental Hospital in Nablus for treatment.

Israeli forces also fired live bullets targeting homes in the village causing damage to some.

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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