Palestinian tear gas death is ‘war crime’

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Jan 1, 2011

Palestinian tear gas death is ‘war crime’

A Palestinian protester runs away during heavy rain from tear gas shot by Israeli security forces during clashes at a protest. — PHOTO: REUTERS

 

RAMALLAH – THE death of a Palestinian woman who inhaled tear gas fired by Israeli troops at a West Bank protest is a ‘war crime,’ the Palestinian leadership said on Saturday.

‘We condemn this abominable crime by the Israeli occupation army in Bilin against people taking part in a peaceful demonstration and consider it an Israeli war crime against our people,’ chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat told AFP.

Jawaher Abu Rahma, 36, died overnight after she inhaled tear gas fired by Israeli troops on Friday at a protest against the the West Bank separation barrier, Palestinian medics said on Saturday.

The army said on Friday that it used unspecified ‘means of dispersing demonstrations’ against some 250 violent protesters taking part in a weekly rally against the fence near the West Bank village of Bilin. — AFP

Palestinian tear gas death is ‘war crime’.

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