Palestinian man dies from tear gas fired by Israeli forces

AFP , Ahram Online , Friday 1 Jul 2016

Qalandia clashes
Palestinian men take cover from tear gas fired by Israeli occupation forces during clashes at the Qalandia checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem on July 1, 2016, as Israeli authorities banned men under 45 from accessing the Al-Aqsa mosque compound for Friday prayers. (Photo: AFP)

The Palestinian health ministry said on Friday that a middle-aged man had died from tear gas fired by Israeli occupation forces during a clash in the occupied West Bank.

"A man in his 50s died of tear gas asphyxiation after (Israeli) soldiers used tear gas against Palestinians at Qalandia," the ministry said in an Arabic-language post on its official Facebook page.

"He arrived dead to Ramallah hospital," it said, without naming him.

The man was identified by medical sources as Muhammad Mustafa Habash, from the Asira al-Shamaliya village in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, Maan news agency reported.

Habash was one of at least 40 Palestinians who suffered from severe tear gas inhalation during clashes that broke out at the Qalandiya checkpoint.

It was the last Friday of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, when worshippers flock to Al-Aqsa for midday prayers.

A mosque spokesman said that 280,000 attended and he expected more in the evening.

Since the start of the wave of violence last October, Israeli occupation forces have killed at least 214 Palestinians.

Meanwhile, daily stabbings, shootings and car-ramming attacks by frustrated and unarmed Palestinians have killed 33 Israelis.

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