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Elderly man shot during Kafr Qaddum clashes

Jan. 9, 2016 7:39 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 9, 2016 7:39 P.M.)

QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- A 60-year-old Palestinian was shot in the thigh with a live bullet during clashes with the Israeli army in the northern West Bank district of Qalqiliya on Saturday.

A popular resistance coordinator in the village of Kafr Qaddum in eastern Qalqiliya, Murad Ishteiwi, told Ma'an that Israeli forces suppressed a peaceful march against settlements by indiscriminately firing live bullets and rubber-coated steel bullets.

The bullets reportedly injured 60-year-old Maher Amer, who was returning home after visiting relatives in the area when the clashes broke out.

Kafr Qaddum is one of many Palestinian villages that hold weekly marches, usually on Fridays, in opposition to Israeli occupational policies.

Residents of Kafr Qaddum has lost large swathes of its land to Israeli settlements, illegal outposts, and the separation wall, all illegal under international law.

More than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.

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