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Israeli forces injure infant, man in Kafr Qaddum

Jan. 24, 2014 6:16 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 26, 2014 9:44 A.M.)
QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- One man was struck in the shoulder by a tear-gas canister and dozens suffered from excessive tear-gas inhalation after Israeli forces raided the village of Kafr Qaddum following a protest.

Witnesses said Israeli forces fired tear gas into residential areas in the village as clashes broke out following the village's weekly protest, hitting one man and injuring dozens, including a 2-month-old infant.

Photographer Jafar Shtayyah, meanwhile, was struck with a tear-gas canister fired by Israeli forces in the shoulder.

Coordinator for the local popular resistance committee Murad Shtewi said that Israeli forces fired over 10 tear-gas canisters toward his house, causing his family to suffer from the tear-gas inhalation.

Among those affected by the use of excessive tear gas was his 2-month old daughter, Bisan.

An Israeli spokeswoman said she was not familiar with the incident.

Protests are held every Friday in Kafr Qaddum against Israel's closure of a main road linking the village to its nearest city, Nablus. The road has been closed since 2000.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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