TULKAREM (Ma'an) -- One Palestinian was injured with live fire while several others suffered from severe tear gas inhalation during clashes with Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces in the Tulkarem-area village of Qaffin in the northern occupied West Bank.
Medical sources told Ma’an that clashes broke out on Saturday between PA security forces and members of a family from Qaffin, after the funeral of a local man who was attacked on Thursday and succumbed to his injuries on Friday.
According to the sources, PA security forces have been deployed in the village for three days, following the deadly attack of village resident Bilal Muhammad Kamil Hirsha, who was was killed by a group of men from the village.
Hirsha, 47, was attacked at his workplace near the Israeli army checkpoint of Bartaa, west of Jenin on Thursday.
Shortly after his death on Friday, Palestinian police arrested six suspects and identified four others who were still on the run.
Palestinian security sources told Ma'an that right after the funeral, "hundreds of angry family members of Hirsha rushed to the suspects' houses to set fire to the houses."
Security officers then fired tear gas canisters at the crowds of family members.
PA security sources added that “warning gunshots were also fired into the air given the large numbers of attackers," and as a result a man was injured with live fire.
Local sources confirmed to Ma'an that family members of the suspects had already left their homes fearing such an attack from the victim’s family.