Several Palestinians Suffocate in Jenin Village Clashes

JENIN, October 31, 2015 (WAFA) – Dozens of Palestinians Saturday suffocated by tear gas in clashes that broke out as Israeli forces stormed Barta‘a village, southwest of Jenin in the northern West Bank.

Israeli forces reportedly raided the village early morning, sweeping through its different neighborhoods, which triggered clashes with the provoked villagers.

Soldiers fired tear gas canisters and stun grenades, causing several villagers to suffer from excessive tear gas inhalation.

Tension has recently soared across the occupied Palestinian Territories, especially Jerusalem, sparked by Israeli recurrent assaults on Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the spate of alleged stabbing attacks against Israelis and killings of Palestinians.

The situation has significantly deteriorated since the settlers’ deadly arson attack on the Dawabsheh’s family home in the Nablus village of Duma on July 31 which killed a couple and their toddler, leaving 4-year-old Ahmad orphaned.

According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, a total of 72 Palestinians were fatally shot, including 15 children, a pregnant mother and her two-year-old toddler, by Israeli forces in the occupied Palestinian Territories since the start of October.

The Ministry noted in a press release issued Saturday that Israeli forces have killed 54 Palestinians in the West Bank, 17 others in Gaza and another in the Naqab in southern Israel.

Besides, since the beginning of October, about 2,000 Palestinians were admitted into hospitals after being shot and injured by live ammunition and rubber-coated steel bullets, while a total of 220 suffered fractures and bruises after being assaulted and beaten by Israeli soldiers and settlers.

The Health Ministry also noted that 20 Palestinians sustained burns and over 5,000 others suffered tear gas inhalation during clashes and demonstrations.