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Israeli forces injure 4 during weekly Kafr Qaddum protest

Sept. 11, 2015 5:46 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 12, 2015 4:44 P.M.)
Israeli forces injured Yusif Shtewei, 24, with a sponge bullet to the head. Yusif, who is reportedly in "moderate condition," was taken to Rafidia Hospital for treatment.(MaanImages)
QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces injured four Palestinians on Friday in the northern West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum, west of Qalqilya, during clashes that erupted following the village's weekly Friday protest, a local resistance coordinator told Ma'an.

Popular resistance coordinator Murad Shtewei said Israeli forces injured Yusif Shtewei, 24, with a sponge bullet to the head. Yusif, who is reportedly in "moderate condition," was taken to Rafidia Hospital for treatment.

Aus Amer, 24, Odai Sameer, 23, and Muhammad Aqel,18, were also injured in the clashes. All three men were hit with rubber-coated bullets in their lower extremities and treated on the scene, Murad said.

Murad added that Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets as well as sponge bullets, tear gas, stun grenades, and skunk water to disperse protesters.

Murad said that hundreds of protesters participated in the village's march in support of the "Palestinian Authority's international diplomatic efforts."

Israeli forces raided the village in the early morning and climbed on rooftops of several houses to use the positions in dispersing protesters.

An Israeli army spokesperson did not have information on clashes in Kafr Qaddum, however the spokesperson said Palestinians were seen, throughout the day, throwing rocks at civilian vehicles near the illegal Israeli settlement of Havot Gilad, a few miles away from the village.

The army spokesperson said seven civilian vehicles were damaged near Havot Gilot, before Israeli forces began pursuing the suspected rock throwers.

During the chase, Israeli forces allegedly shot one Palestinian with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the lower extremities, the spokesperson said.

Many villages in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem participate in weekly Friday protests, including the villages of Billin, Nabi Saleh, Nillin, and al-Masara.

Israeli forces have received criticism for excessive use force as well as lethal methods of crowd control that often result in death or injury of protesters.
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