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Teenager injured as Israeli forces suppress weekly protests

April 22, 2016 6:07 P.M. (Updated: April 22, 2016 9:44 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian teenager was wounded by a rubber-coated steel bullet and dozens others suffered excessive tear gas inhalation when Israeli forces dispersed weekly protests across the occupied West Bank on Friday.

Popular resistance coordinator Murad Shtewei told Ma'an Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters, stun grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets at demonstrators taking part in the weekly protest in the northern West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum.

A 15-year-old teenager was treated on the scene after he was hit by a rubber-coated bullet in the arm.

Shtewei said hundreds took part in the protest, chanting nationalistic Palestinian songs and calling for an end to the Israeli occupation.

Residents of Kafr Qaddum stage regular protests against land confiscations as well as the closure of the village's southern road by Israeli forces. The road, which has been closed 13 years, is the main route to the nearby city of Nablus, the nearest economic hub.

Meanwhile, dozens of activists suffered excessive tear gas inhalation when Israeli forces suppressed the weekly protest in the village of Bilin.

Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades at protesters as they approached the Israeli separation wall.

Locals said that a swath of farmland planted with olive and almond trees, belonging to local residents Haytham al-Khatib and Hashim Burnat, caught fire when Israeli forces chased activists in the fields.

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

Israeli forces have come under repeated criticism for excessive use force and methods of crowd control that often result in death or injury of protesters.
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