Two Palestinians Shot, While Dozens Suffocate during Jericho Clashes

JERICHO, October 7, 2015 (WAFA) – Two Palestinian youth were shot while dozens others suffocated on Wednesday during clashes with Israeli army forces at the southern entrance of Jericho.


Israeli forces stationed at the military checkpoint at the southern entrance of Jericho opened fire on Palestinians who marched to express their solidarity with Al-Aqsa Mosque and denunciation of settlers’ attacks against Palestinians.


Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated steel bullets at demonstrators, hitting and injuring Rami Abu Qamar and Mohammad Barahma. Forces also fired tear gas canisters at demonstrators, causing dozens of them to suffocate from excessive tear gas inhalation. 


This came as Palestinians, including school and university students, rallied in support of Al-Aqsa Mosque in central Jericho.


Speaking during the rally, Governor of Jericho Majed al-Fetyani said: “Israel, the occupying state, has been striving to push us back into a spiral of violence and chaos, carrying out brutal and provocative practices against us, the Palestinian people.”