Bullet Injuries, Suffocation Cases Reported in Clashes near Bethlehem, Hebron

BETHLEHEM, October 11, 2015 (WAFA) – Clashes renewed on Sunday between Israeli forces and Palestinian locals to the west of Bethlehem, causing the injury of four locals who were shot with live ammunition, in addition to a number of rubber-coated-related injuries and dozens of suffocation cases.

WAFA correspondent said that four Palestinians were shot with live bullets in their thighs and feet, while several others sustained rubber-coated steel bullet injuries, in addition to dozens of suffocation cases due to inhaling tear gas fired at them by army soldiers.

Late Saturday night, a Palestinian youth was shot with live ammunition during clashes that broke out in the town of Zatara to the east of Bethlehem. Forces reportedly indiscriminately fired live ammunition toward locals, shooting and injuring Bilal Abu Salim, 21. The army detained youth and led him to an unknown destination despite of his injured.

In the meantime, dozens of Palestinians suffocated after inhaling tear gas used against them by Israeli army soldiers during confrontations that erupted late Saturday night in two different locations in the Hebron area.

Tension has mounted across the West Bank districts and Jerusalem with Israel’s repeated assault of al-Aqsa Mosque Compound, particularly its growing attempts to temporally divide the site between Muslims and Jews.

The situation has also been significantly deteriorating since the deadly arson attack on the Dawabsheh’s family home on July 31, which was carried out by Jewish settlers.

According to the health ministry, Twenty three Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli army and security forces since the beginning of October 2015.