QALQILIA, February 14, 2015 (WAFA) – A Palestinian youth was shot and injured and dozens others suffocated by tear gas fired by Israeli forces as the latter suppressed a peaceful demonstration demanding the opening of the eastern entrance of the town of Azoun to the east of Qalqilia, according to local sources.
Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas canisters to disperse the peaceful protesters, including local residents and activists of the popular committee, shooting and injuring 20-year-old Imad al-Kholi with a rubber bullet in his head.
Dozens of suffocation cases were also reported.
An increasing number of unarmed and peaceful Palestinians were either killed or seriously injured as a result of Israel’s constant use of tear gas against Palestinians.
B’Tselem, the Israeli human rights information center, stated that “[Israeli] soldiers and Border Police often fire tear-gas grenades directly at demonstrators with the aim of hitting them, or fire carelessly, without ensuring that demonstrators are not in the direct line of fire, in direct contravention of regulations.”