Israeli soldiers, on Friday, fired rubber-coated steel rounds and tear-gas canisters at Palestinian demonstrators in Kufur Qaddoum village, east of Qalqilia in the northern occupied West Bank, the Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.

Morad Eshteiwi, the coordinator of the popular resistance in the village, said that Israeli soldiers opened fire at the protesters, injuring three of them with rubber-coated steel rounds, in addition to causing many cases of tear-gas inhalation.

He added that all injuries were treated at the scene.

Eshteiwi also stated that Israeli troops invaded several homes in the village, broke windows and took over rooftops to fire at civilians.

In 2003, Israeli authorities closed the main road leading east to Nablus city, to Palestinians, while allowing exclusive use of the road to illegal Israeli settlers.

Locals have been demonstrating each Friday and Saturday to demand that Israel reopen the main road, and to show their rejection of Israel’s settlement construction and expansion.

Kufur Qaddoum

Kufur Qaddoum

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