RAMALLAH, 8th January, 2017 (WAM) — Israeli forces have cracked down on Palestinians protesting the opening of a road for settlements that will take away a large chunk of their land.

Israel is planning to open a bypass road for Jewish settlers that will take away dozens of dunums (a unit of measurement of land area) of their land in Azzoun, Nabi Elias and Izbat al-Tabib, east of Qalqilya in the West Bank.

The Qatar News Agency, QNA, has quoted a report from WAFA news which says that the Israeli army closed the main access road to Qalqilya on Saturday morning to prevent participants in the protest from reaching the villages.

However, the protest did take place and Israeli forces used tear gas and rubber-coated metal bullets to disperse the participants, arresting one person, said witnesses.

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