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15 Palestinians in Tubas suffer tear gas inhalation after Israel suppresses protest

Sept. 27, 2017 7:42 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 28, 2017 2:13 P.M.)
An Israeli guard aims his weapon at Palestinian protesters during clashes at the main entrance of the West Bank town of Bethlehem on October 6, 2015 (AFP/File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces suppressed a protest in the Sahl al-Biqeaa area of Tubas in the northern occupied West Bank on Wednesday by shooting tear gas at the demonstrators, causing at least 15 Palestinians to suffer from tear gas inhalation.

Palestinian news agency Wafa reported that five of the Palestinians who had suffered tear gas inhalation, including the Governor of Tubas Ahmad al-Assad, were moved to a hospital for treatment.

According to Wafa, the protest included the participation of dozens of Palestinians, including farmers, landowners, and community activists, who waved Palestinian flags and chanted slogans while marching in the area against Israeli policies.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an she would look into reports on the incident.

In the occupied West Bank, protests against Israel’s half-century occupation and its accompanying policies are often met with Israeli forces shooting rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas, stun grenades, and other “crowd control weapons” at Palestinians, while also routinely opening up live ammunition on Palestinian demonstrators.

Scores of Palestinians have been injured, detained, and at times killed for their political activism against the Israeli occupation in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
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