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Israeli forces 'mistakenly' detain man, injure his elderly mother
Published Saturday 18/01/2014 (updated) 21/01/2014 10:25
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Tear gas in the streets of Kafr Qaddum in August 2013
(ISM/Sevenson Berger)
QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces raided the northern West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum on Saturday afternoon and detained a man after firing a large number of tear gas canisters towards the village, injuring his elderly mother.

Eyewitnesses said that several military vehicles raided the town while firing tear gas canisters towards local youths, who were throwing stones and empty bottles at the Israeli forces.

The Israeli forces subsequently detained Bakr Ali, a 27-year-old local.

His elderly mother was also injured as she choked on the large amounts of tear gas released by canisters fired by the soldiers at the village.

An Israeli spokesman said that Israeli forces detained a suspect "for hurling rocks" but subsequently realized they were "mistaken" and released him.

The Israeli raids come weeks after Israeli forces killed an 85-year-old Palestinian man in Kafr Qaddum after launching a large number of tear gas canisters into residential areas in the village during clashes.

Said Jasir succumbed to his wounds in early January after a canister landed in his house, causing him to choke to death on the smoke.

Protests are held every Friday in Kafr Qaddum against Israel's closure of a main road linking the village to its nearest city, Nablus, as well as against the Israeli occupation more generally.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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1 ) Maisie / UK
18/01/2014 19:53
It is obvious: the IOF either doesn't like oldies, has no reverence for life and is trigger happy with the tear gas. Just imagine what would hit the fan should the Palestinians have the tear gas and use them against the Israelis, the perpetual victims!

2 ) Colin Wright / USA
18/01/2014 21:47
Maisie #1: 'Just imagine what would hit the fan should the Palestinians have the tear gas and use them against the Israelis, the perpetual victims!' If you have any doubt of that, just check the pious outrage whenever a map appears that doesn't include the 1967 borders -- but appears in a Palestinian source. That's 'incitement.' 'Anti-semitism, ' no less.

3 ) Magdalena Althrop - Smeeth / Highlands
18/01/2014 21:56
It looks like it's fire tear gas first, ask questions later. The article states that after the tear gas was fired, Bakr was detained & his mother was choked....they then realised they had the wrong person & let him go. Apology???

4 ) Colin Wright / USA
19/01/2014 00:36
To Magdalena #3: '...they then realised they had the wrong person & let him go. Apology???' Being a Zionist means never having to say you're sorry.

5 ) Rami / Palestine
19/01/2014 10:19
#3 Apology? Don't hold your breath you might choke (on the tear gas).

6 ) Mel / USA
19/01/2014 20:17
'Mistakenly'? No,Israel doesn't make mistakes when it comes to persecuting Palestinians for having land/resources that Absolutist,colonial,expansionist Israel coverts! Israel's offenses & actions are delibarate.'Mistake' implies CONSCIENCE &courage to admit fallibility!Zionist-led Israel has no such humble,intelligent,brave qualities.Israel's ethno-theocratic thuggery doesn't recognize 'mistakes',only that it didn't KILL MORE VICTIMS,sooner & quicker(albeit for restrictions by squeamish patrons)

7 ) Maureen / Australia
19/01/2014 20:32
Netanyahu must be proud of his so called soldiers, killing babies, arresting children bashing/suffocating the elderly and all other degenerate behavior being carried out under the banner of the Star of David!
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