Clashes Renewed in Hebron, Suffocation Cases Reported

HEBRON, October 5, 2015 (WAFA) – Several suffocation cases by teargas inhalation were reported as confrontations between Palestinians and the Israeli army erupted again in the city of Hebron, according to WAFA correspondent.

Israeli soldiers used teargas and toxic gas canisters and stun grenades to disperse the protesters, causing multiple cases of suffocation.

Meanwhile, a reporter, Taha Abu-Hussein, was injured with a rubber-coated steel bullet in his head shot at him by Israeli soldiers during the same confrontations. He was transferred to Hebron public hospital for medical treatment, where his case was described as moderate.

While Israeli media refers to the shooting of two Jewish settlers on Thursday in the West Bank by unidentified Palestinians, as the reason behind the soaring violence, Palestinians have been struggling with settlers’ violence for a long time.

On July 31, 18-year-old Ali Dawabsheh was burned alive in an arson attack at his family’s home in the village of Duma southeast of Nablus. Jewish settlers from a nearby settlement set the house on fire while the family was sleeping. While the mother, Reham and father Saad died of severe burns weeks later.

Meanwhile in Jerusalem, Palestinians have been facing tightened restrictions on their entry to both the Old City and Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound. Israeli police is increasingly facilitating Jewish settlers’ entry to the holy site while banning a growing number of Palestinian worshipers.

For the fourth day in a row, clashes have been erupting in multiple areas across the West Bank and Jerusalem. In two weeks only, Israel has shot dead six young Palestinians in separate incidents.

On Monday, Israeli soldiers shot dead 13-year-old Abdul-Rahman Shadi Mustafa during confrontations with youths in the Aida refugee camp north of Bethlehem, less than 24 hours after another Palestinian youth was killed by the Israeli army in Tulkarm, according to security sources.

In the past two weeks alone, six Palestinian youths were killed by the Israeli army, including 21-year-old Hadeel Hashlamon from Hebron, 21-year-old Diya’ Talahmeh from Hebron, 19-year-old Fadi Aloun from Jerusalem, 19-year-old Muhanad Halabi from Ramallah and 18-year-old Huthayfa Salman from Tulkarm.