Palestinians Suffocate in Renewed Hebron Clashes, Settlers’ Riot

HEBRON, October 7, 2015 (WAFA) – Many Palestinians Wednesday suffocated after inhaling tear gas used against them by Israeli forces during renewed clashes in the Hebron area, while settlers resumed their attacks on Palestinians, according to witnesses.

Clashes broke out between Israeli soldiers and local Palestinians at the Beit Aynoun area of the town of Sa’ir to the south of Hebron district, as well as at Tariq Bin Zeyad junction to the east of the city of Hebron.

Israeli soldiers reportedly fired tear gas canisters, and stun grenades at locals and their homes, leaving many to suffocate from tear gas inhalation. The Israeli army further blocked the entrance leading to Sa’ir and obstructed locals’ movement.

Meanwhile, settlers rioted to the east of Yatta in southern Hebron and hurled iron nails at the road leading to Janba School to the east of Yatta, hindering students’ access to the school.

To be noted, this is the second time during one week that settlers block – with stone, nails, and earth mounds – the road that leads to schools located in Yatta.

Israeli settlers– following two separate killing incidents of Israelis by Palestinians – went on a revenge rampage, under the protection of Israeli army, against random Palestinian civilians and their properties, leading to violent clashes across the West Bank and left dozens of injuries and suffocation cases among Palestinian locals.

This came as tension mounted across the West Bank and Jerusalem with Israel’s repeated assault on al-Aqsa Mosque Compound, Islam’s third holiest site, particularly after growing Israeli 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. The Duma attack left 4-year-old Ahmad orphaned, after his toddler brother, Ali, father, Sa’ed, and mother, Reham, lost their lives.

To be noted, at least seven Palestinian youth have been killed by Israeli indiscriminate fire during the ongoing unrest across the West Bank and Jerusalem.