Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, two Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets, and caused dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation, during the weekly procession in Kufur Qaddoum, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia.

Popular Committee Media spokesperson in Qalqilia, Morad Eshteiwi, stated that the Palestinians marched from the center of the town while chanting for liberation, and carrying posters of the late President Yasser Arafat marking the seventeenth anniversary of his death, in addition to affirming ongoing resistance until liberation and independence.

He added that the soldiers attacked the protesters and ambushed many of them, before shooting two with rubber-coated steel bullets, in addition to causing dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Many Palestinian young men hurled stones at the soldiers who attacked the procession, and burnt tires to prevent them from advancing.

The soldiers also tried to ambush and abduct several Palestinians but were unable to do so after many residents hurled stones at them.

In 2003, occupation authorities closed the main road of Kufur Qaddoum town, and Palestinian citizens have rallied every week since then, demanding the authorities reopen the road.

Israeli colonists from the nearby illegal Kedumim settlement, established on stolen Palestinian lands, have full access to the street, while Palestinians are forced to take longer routes to Nablus city, the nearest major commercial center, prolonging travel time, causing undue hardship.