Clashes between Youth, Israeli Armed Forces Continue across West Bank

WEST BANK, October 8, 2015 (WAFA) – Clashes continued between Israeli forces and vulnerable Palestinian youths across the West Bank districts last night and on Thursday, with more injuries and suffocation cases reported among Palestinians.

In Bethlehem, clashes erupted on Thursday between Israeli army and school students who took to the streets in the village of Taqu in protest of the Israeli escalation in al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

The Israeli army used teargas canisters and stun grenades to disperse the protesters, causing serious cases of suffocation by teargas inhalation.

Meanwhile, clashes erupted in the village of Budrus, west of Ramallah, between the army and more school students. The former used teargas canisters to disperse the frustrated students, causing several cases of suffocation.

In Hebron, confrontations turned violent in Jabal ar-Rahmeh neighborhood in the city after Jewish settlers accompanied by a military escort broke into a number of homes in the city.

During clashes, several Palestinians suffocated by inhaling teargas shot at them by the Israeli army. Israeli soldiers also used stun grenades and rubber-coated live ammunition and shot in the direction of inhabited homes located in the area.

Soldiers also mounted the rooftop of multiple homes in the area to quell the protesters.

Meanwhile in Qalqilia, in the northern West Bank, clashes erupted between local youths and Israeli army at the city’s southern entrance, locked down by the occupation authorities. The army used teargas canisters and stun grenades, causing cases of suffocation by teargas inhalation.

The Palestinian Red Crescent (PRC) said 272 Palestinians were injured during Wednesday’s clashes across the West Bank districts, including nine with live ammunition, 84 with rubber-coated bullets, and 179 suffocation cases by teargas inhalation.

PRC said it was unable to secure an accurate count of the overall injuries, since a number of wounded Palestinians were nabbed by Israeli undercover forces during the clashes at Beit El checkpoint near Ramallah Wednesday.

Tension has mounted across the West Bank districts and Jerusalem with Israel’s repeated assault on al-Aqsa Mosque Compound, Islam’s third holiest site, particularly its growing attempts to enforce a temporal division on 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.

In the past two weeks alone, at least eight Palestinian youths were killed by the Israeli army during an ongoing unrest across the West Bank and Jerusalem.