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Israeli forces injure photojournalist in Kafr Qaddum

Sept. 14, 2018 4:38 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 16, 2018 11:01 A.M.)
QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian photojournalist was shot and injured by Israeli forces and dozens of others suffered from tear-gas inhalation during the weekly anti-settlement march in the Kafr Qaddum village in the northern occupied West Bank district of Qalqiliya, on Friday.

Coordinator of the popular resistance committee in Kafr Qaddum, Murad Ishteiwi, said that Israeli forces raided the village, went up rooftops of houses and fired rubber-coated steel bullets and tear-gas bombs at protesters taking part in the march.

Ishteiwi confirmed that at a Palestinian photojournalist, who was identified as Nidal Shtayeh, was shot and injured in his chest after Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets at him.

Shtayeh was shot as he was covering the story at Kafr Qaddum as part of his work for a Chinese news agency.

Shtayeh was transferred to a hospital for treatment, however, his condition remained unknown.

Ishteiwi mentioned that Israeli forces also targeted and damaged a Palestine TV camera with a rubber-coated steel bullet.

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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