At least four Palestinians, including Minister Walid Assaf, were on Friday injured by rubber-coated rounds and several others suffocated from teargas, when Israeli forces attacked the weekly protest in the village of Kafr Qaddum, in the northern West Bank, according to local sources.

Morad Shtewi, coordinator of the popular resistance in the village, said Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated rounds and teargas canisters towards the protesters, injuring Minister Walid Assaf, chairman of the Commission Against Settlements and the Wall, in addition to three others.

Other protesters also suffocated from teargas inhalation.

Almost every Friday, Palestinians have been organizing weekly protests in the village of Kafr Qaddum to demonstrate against Israel’s continuing closure of the village’s main street, as well against the increasing Israeli settlement activities.

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