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Two Palestinians injured in Kafr Qaddum march

Aug. 10, 2018 4:32 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 11, 2018 11:34 A.M.)
QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinians were injured with Israeli rubber-coated steel bullets, while dozens other suffered tear-gas suffocation as Israeli forces suppressed the weekly Kafr Qaddum march in the northern West Bank district of Qalqiliya on Friday.

Coordinator of the Kafr Qaddum popular committee, Murad Ishteiwi, confirmed that Israeli forces raided the town and suppressed the weekly march using rubber-coated steel bullets, tear-gas bombs and stun grenades.

Ishteiwi added that two youths were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets while dozens others, including children, suffered tear-gas inhalation.

All injuries 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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