Several Suffocation Cases as Israeli Forces Storm Jenin Town

JENIN, May 26, 2015 (WAFA) – Several Palestinians, including children, suffocated early Tuesday as Israeli forces stormed Jaba‘ town to the south of Jenin, said local security sources.

Israeli forces stormed early morning Jaba‘ town amid firing tear gas canisters, stun grenades, and live ammunition toward resident’s homes, which caused many residents to suffocate due to tear gas inhalation and sparked clashes with provoked residents.

During the extensive raid operation, forces broke into and ransacked many homes, interrogating their residents. They raided the homes of Muhammad al-Shunnar, Muhammad Kan‘an and Muhammad Malaysha. However, no arrests were made.

Israeli forces regularly attack Palestinian homes and properties; wreaking havoc, confiscating personal belongings, and arresting residents.

An increasing number of unarmed and peaceful Palestinians were either killed or seriously injured as a result of Israel’s constant use of tear gas against Palestinians.

B’Tselem, the Israeli human rights information center, stated that “[Israeli] soldiers and Border Police often fire tear-gas grenades directly at demonstrators with the aim of hitting them, or fire carelessly, without ensuring that demonstrators are not in the direct line of fire, in direct contravention of regulations.”

The legal center, in a summary report published in 2013, demanded that Israeli security forces “completely prohibit the firing of 40mm tear-gas canisters either directly at individuals or horizontally, in a way that could cause result in injuries.”