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Israel destroys main water pipeline in Kafr Qaddum

Oct. 14, 2018 11:35 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 14, 2018 1:01 P.M.)
(File)
Qalqiliya (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces destroyed a water pipeline, on Saturday, and sealed off several roads n the Kafr Qaddum village in the northern occupied West Bank district of Qalqiliya.

According to local sources, Israeli forces along with military bulldozers stormed the Kafr Qaddum village and destroyed a man water pipeline.

Sources added that following the destruction of the main pipeline, Israeli forces sealed off several roads inside the village, preventing residents from movement.

Clashes erupted among Israeli forces and Palestinians in the village.

Reportedly, an elderly was lightly injured after Israeli forces fired tear-gas canisters.

Residents of Kafr Qaddum have suffered heavily due to the Israeli occupation.

It is noteworthy that residents 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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