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15 injured as Israeli soldiers disperse rally near Qalqiliya

July 30, 2011 10:28 A.M. (Updated: July 31, 2011 4:02 A.M.)
QALQILIYA (Ma’an) -- Fifteen Palestinian protesters were injured on Friday when Israeli forces dispersed a peaceful protest in the village of Kafr Qaddum, east of Qalqiliya.

The protesters were demanding that Israeli forces open the village's main entrance, which has been closed for nearly nine years.

Murad Shteiwi, spokesman for the weekly rally, told Ma'an that Israeli soldiers surprised the protesters when they started fired "tear gas canisters" in all directions.

They had been watching a Dutch musical group visiting the village in an act of solidarity, playing Palestinian music to the crowds.

Hundreds of local and foreign nationals started a rally after Friday prayers.

Iskandar Eisthon, 68, Zaki Nayif, 6, Alaa Muath, 7, Muhammad Dawood, 11, Jaafar Bassam, 15, Ibrahim Asaad, 50, Rani Ali, 28 and several others choked on the tear gas.
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