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Bil'in protester dies after inhaling tear gas
Published Saturday 01/01/2011 (updated) 02/01/2011 12:45
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RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – A Palestinian woman died Saturday morning after suffering intense tear-gas inhalation during an anti-wall rally in Bil’in on Friday, medics said.

Palestinian medical sources in Ramallah said 36-year-old Jawahir Abu Rahmah, from Bil’in, died at Ramallah medical compound. Abu Rahmah inhaled large amounts of tear gas fired by Israeli forces who forcibly dispersed a non-violent rally protesting the separation wall.

The local popular committee said doctors fought through the night to save Abu Rahmah's life. She was diagnosed as suffering from poisoning caused by the active ingredient in the tear-gas, and did not respond to treatment, the committee said in a statement.

"We are shocked and furious for Israel's brutality, which once again cost the life of a peaceful demonstrator. Israel's lethal and inhumane response to our struggle will not pass. In the dawn of a new decade, it is time for the world to ask Israel for accountability and to bring about an end to the occupation," said committee member Mohammed Khatib.

Abu Rahmah's brother Bassem was killed in April 2009 by a tear gas canister fired at his chest by an Israeli soldier during a village demonstration.

Friday's rally was attended by Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. Organizers said more than 1,000 demonstrators attended the final protest of the year calling for an end to Israel's land confiscations.

Israeli forces met the protest with tear-gas canisters, hitting one teenager in the face and sending him to hospital. Military officials said they were unaware of injuries, and that around 250 participated in the protest.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said the area was declared a closed military zone in advance of the protest "in an effort to prevent an escalation of the violent and illegal riot" that the village hosts weekly.
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1 ) Joe Fattal / USA
01/01/2011 18:40
They already made another Warsaw ghetto in Gaza. Now the Jews are gazing the Palestinians. And again the US will ignore it, as they ignore the Jews going to the Gaza chambers in WW2.

2 ) eporue / europe
02/01/2011 10:57
so far this medical statements sounds very strange... when there is truth to it, then the idf must have fired some yet to be specified poison... more likely, they fired tear gas and the hospital messed up the reatment up...?

3 ) Leo / USA
30/01/2011 01:33
The chemical composition of tear gas becomes dangerous to humans if not used by expired date of mfg. I understand the tear gas in question was way over date. According to eyewitness confirmation upon retrieval of empty canister. Almost by 2 yrs. It should not have been used at all. The IDF has no regard for Palestinian life as evidenced by the land and air assault on Gaza in 2009 killing approx 1400 helpless civilian men, women and children. Talk about crimes against humanity! WOW>
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