Israeli forces injured, on Friday, a number of Palestinians at the weekly procession in the village of Kufur Qaddoum, east of Qalqilia in the northern occupied West Bank, local sources reported.

Soldiers opened fire at demonstrators with rubber-coated steel rounds and tear gas canisters, shooting three young men with steel rounds while dozens of others sustained inhalation injuries from tear gas exposure.

All of the wounded were treated at the scene by local medics.

The Israeli occupation authorities closed the main road of the town in 2003, and the villagers from Kufur Qaddoum and surrounding villages have rallied every week since then, demanding the authorities reopen the road.

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