Thousands Suffocate as Clashes Intensify in West Bank since October 1

RAMALLAH, October 12, 2015 (WAFA) – The number of Palestinian youth who suffered from suffocation due to the Israeli army’s use of teargas during clashes across the West Bank has jumped over few thousands with new cases registered on Monday during clashes that broke out at ‘Atra checkpoint, north of Ramallah.

Israeli forces stationed at the military checkpoint violently suppressed a local demonstration, and fired tear gas canisters and stun grenades at demonstrators.

Several demonstrators, including university students, suffocated from excessive tear gas inhalation.

In Hebron, a number of Palestinians suffocated by inhaling teargas during renewing clashes with the Israeli army forces.

Meanwhile, students enrolled in a Tulkarem university were asked to evacuate campus on Monday and Tuesday for safety purposes and avoid clashes with Israeli forces.

Students enrolled at Palestine Technological University, Kadoori Institute were instructed to evacuate campus for two days as Israeli troops positioned themselves to the west of the university, which could be a harbinger for a raid.

This came a day after Israeli troops raided the university campus, firing rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas canisters at students. Clashes erupted after Israeli soldiers breached campus’ boarders and positioned themselves in the vicinity of the library building.

Over 20 students reportedly suffocated from inhaling excessive tear gas and were rushed into a local hospital for treatment.

The clashes came amidst rising tensions across the occupied Palestinian Territories over Israeli tightened restrictions on Palestinians’ access into Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

According to a Palestinian Health Ministry’s report, since October 1 a total of 25 Palestinians, including eight children and a toddler, were killed by Israeli forces. Over 1,300 others were shot and injured with live and rubber-coated steel bullets.