Palestinians Suffocate in Hebron Clashes, Fire Fighter Injured

HEBRON, November 21, 2015 (WAFA) – A Palestinian fire fighter was shot and injured with a rubber-coated bullet to the west of Hebron, whereas several Palestinians suffocated as Israeli forces clashed with Palestinians in Beit Ummar town to the north, said a local activist and security sources.

The Palestinian Civil Defense Public Relations Department reported that Israeli forces fired a tear gas canister at a fodder store and straw rolls in al-Yasseriya locality, sparking fires.

As Palestinian fire fighters approached the scene to extinguish the fire,  Israeli forces opened fire on them, hitting and injuring a fire fighter with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the leg.

Forces reportedly detained the civil defense staff at the scene and prevented them from leaving.

In the meantime, dozens of Palestinians suffocated in clashes with Israeli forces in Beit Ummar town.

WAFA correspondent reported on local anti-settlement and wall activist Muhammad ‘Awad as saying that Israeli forces stormed the town, and proceeded to break into and ransack a house of a local former detainee, triggering clashes with locals.

Forces stormed and ransacked a house belonging to ‘Ala’ Za‘aqiq, blowing up its main front door and internal wooden windows and seizing a computer, three mobiles and a flash memory card.

Za‘aqiq, a former detainee who spent a year and a half in Israeli detention centers, was just released about two weeks ago and was preparing for his wedding; scheduled on Friday.

Meanwhile, Clashes erupted between Israeli forces and locals in Duwwar Saffa locality, where forces fired tear gas canisters and stun grenades, causing dozens to suffocate from excessive tear gas inhalation. A youth was hit and injured by a tear gas canister in his left leg.