Update: Four Palestinians Sustain Injuries, Suffocate in Bethlehem Clashes

BETHLEHEM, October 27, 2015 (WAFA) – Four Palestinians Tuesday were shot and injured with rubber-coated steel bullets, while many others suffocated due to the excessive use of tear gas during clashes that erupted with Israeli army soldiers at the northern entrance of Bethlehem, reported medical sources.

A medical source at the Palestinian Red Crescent told WAFA Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated bullets and tear gas canisters at locals, causing many to suffer from suffocation due to tear gas inhalation. They were all treated at the scene, said medical sources.

Meanwhile, four Palestinians, whose medical conditions remain unknown until the moment, were shot with rubber-coated bullets.

Earlier Tuesday, a number of Palestinians predawn suffocated after inhaling tear gas fired at them by Israeli army soldiers during clashes that broke out in Jenin’s Refugee Camp and town of Burqin to the west.

Meanwhile, At least three Palestinians, including a journalist, were injured by rubber-coated steel bullets fired at them by Israeli forces, as the latter violently suppressed a peaceful rally, near Ramallah, in support of al-Aqsa Mosque compound, against the backdrop of Israel’s repeated assaults on the compound and its escalated use of lethal force against Palestinians.

At least 15 Palestinians were injured on Tuesday, including eight with live bullets, during clashes with Israeli soldiers near Beit Enoun junction, northeast of Hebron, according to medical sources.

Besides the eight live-bullet injuries, four Palestinians were injured with rubber-coated bullets and three others were bruised, while dozens others suffocated by teargas inhalation.

Clashes erupted when the Israeli army cracked down on a protest that called for restoring the bodies of Palestinians recently killed by Israeli forces to their families near the junction.

The injured were transferred to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.

Three Palestinians were on Monday killed by the Israeli forces in Hebron district, including one at Beit Enoun junction. The Israeli military is still reserving their bodies until now.

Until the moment, the total number of Palestinians who were killed by Israeli soldiers’ excessive use of firearm against unarmed youth since the beginning of violent unrest across the West Bank, including Jerusalem and Gaza, in October 1, 2015, has reached 61, including 14 children.