HEBRON (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces Friday fired tear gas canisters and other “non-lethal” crowd dispersal means at Palestinians and their homes in the village of Beit Ummar in the occupied West Bank district of Hebron after clashes broke out between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian youths, causing tens of Palestinians to suffer tear gas suffocation.
Local activist Muhammad Ayyad Awad told Ma’an that the clashes broke out between Palestinian youths and Israeli soldiers who fired soundbombs and tear gas canisters into the community, while Palestinian youths responded by throwing rocks and empty bottles at Israeli forces.
Awad said that tens of Palestinians, including children and the elderly, fainted and suffered from suffocation after Israeli forces fired the tear gas canisters at Palestinian houses, adding that the Red Crescent provided medical care to several Palestinians before Israeli forces retreated.
An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an she would look into reports on the incident.
Beit Ummar is often the target of violent Israeli military raids, carried out on a near nightly basis in Palestinian communities across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, with Israeli forces conducting at least 252 military raids on Palestinian communities from Nov. 15 to 28, according to UN documentation.