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Four Palestinians shot, injured in Kafr Qaddum march

Nov. 24, 2018 1:11 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 25, 2018 10:49 A.M.)
QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Four Palestinians were shot and injured, while dozens of others suffered from tear-gas inhalation as Israeli forces suppressed the weekly Kafr Qaddum march in the northern occupied West Bank district of Qalqiliya, on Friday.

Coordinator of the local popular committee of Kafr Qaddum, Murad Ishteiwi, said that Israeli forces raided Kafr Qaddum, went up to the rooftops of houses and showered protesters with rubber-coated steel bullets and tear-gas bombs.

Ishteiwi confirmed that four Palestinians were shot and injured by Israeli forces, as well as dozens of other protesters suffered from tear-gas inhalation.

Violent clashes erupted among Palestinian youths and Israeli forces, during which Palestinians threw rocks and empty bottles towards the soldiers.

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 15 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.

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