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3-month-old baby among injured in Kafr Qaddum

Sept. 28, 2018 4:47 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 30, 2018 11:05 A.M.)
QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- A 3-month-old baby was among several Palestinians injured by Israeli forces suppressing the weekly peaceful anti-settlement march, on Friday, in the Kafr Qaddum village in the northern occupied West Bank district of Qalqiliya.

Coordinator of popular resistance committee in Kafr Qaddum, Murad Ishteiwi, said that Israeli forces raided the village before Friday prayers to suppress the weekly march that sets off following prayers.

Ishteiwi added that Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets and tear-gas bombs at protesters participating in the march and inside homes of local residents.

Seven protesters, several of whom were from South Korea, while others were Palestinian, were injured along with a 3-month-old baby, who suffered from tear-gas inhalation by tear-gas bombs that hit homes of the village.

All of the injured, including the baby, were treated on the scene.

Residents of Kafr Qaddum began staging weekly protests in 2011 against Israeli land confiscations, as well as the closure of the village's southern road by Israeli forces. The road, which has been closed for 14 years, is the main route to the nearby city of Nablus, the nearest economic center.

The Israeli army blocked off the road after expanding the illegal Israeli settlement of Kedumim in 2003, forcing village residents to take a bypass road in order to travel to Nablus, which has extended the travel time to Nablus from 15 minutes to 40 minutes, according to Israeli rights group B'Tselem.

Addameer, a Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, said "Before 2003, the residents of Kafr Qaddum would use a shorter road to the east in order to come and go to nearby cities and villages."

Addameer added "The only alternative road is roughly six times longer than the previous route, disrupting the villagers' ability to attend university, jobs, and other vital aspects of their economic and social well-being."

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