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Israeli forces suppress weekly Kafr Qaddum march

Dec. 7, 2018 4:14 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 8, 2018 12:17 P.M.)
QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Several Palestinians suffered tear-gas suffocation as Israeli forces suppressed the weekly Kafr Qaddum march in the northern occupied West Bank district of Qalqiliya, on Friday.

Coordinator of a local popular committee in Kafr Qaddum, Murad Ishteiwi, said that Israeli soldiers opened live fire since the beginning of the march.

Israeli soldiers used tear-gas bombs to suppress protesters, causing many to suffer tear-gas suffocation; they were treated on the spot.

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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