Eight-month-old Palestinian Baby Dies of Tear Gas Inhalation in West Bank Clashes

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Palestinian protesters run for cover from tear gas fired by Israeli security forces during clashes at the entrance of the Palestinian town of Al-Bireh on the outskirts of Ramallah, on October 30, 2015Credit: AFP

Dozens of Palestinians were wounded in clashes with Israeli security forces across the West Bank and the Gaza border on Friday. According to Palestinian sources, an eight-month-old baby died from inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli forces in clashes in the Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem. 

According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, the baby, Mohammed Faisal Thawabta, was rushed to a Bethlehem hospital where he was pronounced dead.  

Earlier on Friday, a Palestinian was run over by a security forces vehicle after he tried to attack an officer. According to a Border Police statement, the man was wielding a knife, but a video of the incident shows the man raising a rock over the Israeli officer.

Shortly after Friday prayers, dozens of Palestinian teens arrived at roadblocks in the areas of Hebron, Qalqiliya, Bethlehem and Beit Omar, and threw stones and firebombs at army forces, who retaliated with tear gas and crowd dispersal means. The Palestinian factions declared a day of support of Hebron, termed the "capital of Palestinians' rage."

During clashes near the Judea and Samaria Division headquarters outside Ramallah, two Palestinians were wounded while allegedly attempting to attack Border Police officers. One youth who tried to throw a firebomb was shot by the officers and treated by the unit's medics on the scene, according to a Border Police statement. However, a video of the incident purports to show the man raising a rock over the Israeli officer, not a firebomb. Shortly after, another youth tried to stab one of the officers and then fled. The unit commander ordered the jeep driver to pursue the Palestinian, and he ran him over. Israeli forces initially prevented Palestinian medics from treating the wounded youth. 

A Palestinian youth holds a stone as he chases a Border Police officer before being run over.Credit: AFP

Over 30 Palestinians were wounded in the clashes, 12 of which by live bullets, the Palestinian Health Ministry said. 

In the Tapuach Junction east of Ariel, two Palestinians stabbed and lightly wounded a Border Police officer before another officer shot them, killing one and seriously wounding another.

In the Gaza Strip, at least ten Palestinians were wounded by Israeli army fire in clashes near the border. According to the Israel Defense Forces, troops were targeting the protesters' legs.

An Israeli military jeep catches on fire after Palestinian protesters hurled Molotov cocktails towards the vehicle, near Al-Bireh on the outskirts of Ramallah, on October 30, 2015.Credit: AFP

Meanwhile, a 13-day-long stretch without terrorist attacks in Jerusalem was broken when a Palestinian man stabbed and wounded a U.S. citizen. The 23-year-old attacker, a resident of East Jerusalem, stabbed the man, 22, in his upper body near the Light Rail station at Ammunition Hill. He then tried to stab another bystander but was shot down by light rail security guards, a border policeman, and a civilian at the scene. A bystander was caught in the crossfire and suffered moderate wounds.

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