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Israeli forces suppress demonstration in Hebron-area village

Oct. 6, 2017 5:06 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 7, 2017 5:05 P.M.)
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Several Palestinians suffered from severe tear-gas inhalation on Friday after Israeli forces suppressed a peaceful demonstration in the village of Khirbet Qalqas, locate south of Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank.

Official Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned Wafa new agency reported that Israeli forces violently suppressed a demonstration organized by the village residents to demand the reopening of the main road to the village that was closed by Israel almost 17 years ago.

Forces fired tear gas canisters at demonstrators to disperse them, causing clashes to erupt between forces and local Palestinians, many of whom suffered from suffocation as a result of the tear gas, according to Wafa.

Wafa added that Israeli forces prevented media coverage and detained journalists, including members of Wafa’s press crew amid the clashes.

An Israeli army spokesperson said they were looking into reports.

Peaceful Palestinian protests in the West Bank and East Jerusalem often spiral into violent clashes, as Israeli forces implement what the army refers to as “crowd control measures,” regularly without provocation.

Israeli forces typically fire tear gas, sound bombs, rubber-coated steel bullets, and live ammunition at Palestinians who throw stones and Molotov cocktails.

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