Palestinians Suffocate During Clashes Across Hebron Area

HEBRON, October 4, 2015 (WAFA) – Many Palestinians suffocated after inhaling tear gas fired at them by Israeli forces during violent clashes that broke out across the Hebron area, particularly in locations situated close to seam zone areas.

Local sources informed WAFA that clashes erupted in Bab al-Zawiya area in central Hebron, at Tareq Bin Zeyyad conjunction to the south of Hebron city, as well as at the entrances of the town of beit Ummar, al-Aroub and al-Fawwar refugee camp, and in Beit Owwa town, leaving many Palestinian locals to suffer from suffocation due to inhaling tear gas fired at them by Israeli soldiers.

In the meantime, settlers from the Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba, built illegally on Palestinian locals’ land, pelted passing Palestinian-registered cars with stones, smashing the glass windows of several cars.

To be noted, Israeli settlers have escalated their revenge attacks against Palestinians and their properties during the past 48 hours, following the killing of a number of Israelis in two separate killing incidents by Palestinian suspects.

This came as tensions rose high across the West Bank, particularly Jerusalem, against the backdrop of Israel’s repeated attacks on al-Aqsa Mosque compound, particularly its attempt to temporally divide the site between Muslims and Jews.