Palestinians: West Bank Woman Died After Inhaling Tear Gas

IDF denies that soldiers used gas grenades near her home; Palestinians confirm woman had heart condition.

Alex Levac

A Palestinian woman died on Monday after inhaling tear gas at the al-Aida refugee camp north of Bethlehem, according to Palestinian sources.

A Palestinian medical official told a French news agency that the woman, Nuha Katamish, 44, was exposed to tear gas from grenades thrown by Israeli soldiers during clashes with protesters near her home in the camp. She was at home during the clashes, and lost consciousness from the gas.

The Israel Defense Forces, however, are denying that gas grenades were used in the camp, and claim that there is no connection between Katamish’s death and the soldiers’ activity. An IDF official said that the claim that her death was caused by the gas had been investigated and found to be false.

Both IDF officials and Palestinian sources confirmed that Katamish had a heart condition. Paramedics who arrived on the scene attempted to resuscitate her but were forced to declare her dead en route to the hospital.