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Israeli forces injure Palestinian child in Kafr Qaddum march

Sept. 2, 2018 10:48 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 3, 2018 12:54 P.M.)
QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- An 8-year-old Palestinian child was injured by Israeli forces during a peaceful weekly anti-settlement march on Saturday evening in the Kafr Qaddum village in the northern occupied West Bank district of Qalqiliya.

A Ma'an reporter said that the Palestinian child was struck with a tear-gas cannister, which was fired by Israeli forces in attempt to violently suppress the peaceful anti-settlement march in the village.

Sources identified the child as Muaman Ishtawi and said that he was immediately transferred to Rafidia hospital, in the northern West Bank district of Nablus, to receive necessary medical treatment.

Reports confirmed that the child is in moderate condition.

No other injuries were reported from the march.

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 wellbeing.”

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