DOZENS OF PALESTINIANS SUFFOCATED BY TEAR GAS FIRED BY ISRAELI FORCES

RAMALLAH,- Dozens of Palestinians suffered breathing problems Saturday when Israeli occupation troops fired tear gas against stone-throwing Palestinians during a clash that erupted near Hebron in the southern West Bank.

Mohammad Awad, head of the Committee to Resist the (separation) Wall and settlements in Beit Ummar, said protests broke out when soldiers removed from the roof of a mosque a picture of a local Palestinian, who was fatally shot by the army last month.

The military authorities are still holding his body and refusing to hand it over to his family for burial.

In the north of the occupied West Bank, Israeli forces early today sealed off the entrance to Zbuba village, near Jenin, where a long queue of vehicles formed, after military jeeps were pelted with rocks.

The Palestinian Liaison Office in the area said the Israeli army had put on notice the Palestinians in the village that they would face more closures and other punitive measures if stones were thrown at troops or Jewish settlers.

Source: Nam News Network

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