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​85yo Palestinian man dies after 'Israeli teargas canister landed in his home'

Published time: January 02, 2014 13:55
Edited time: January 02, 2014 14:31
Palestinian supporters of the Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas’ Fatah party wave flags during a rally marking the 49th anniversary of the movement on January 2, 2014 in the West Bank city of Nablus.(AFP Photo / Jaafar Ashtiyeh)

Palestinian supporters of the Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas’ Fatah party wave flags during a rally marking the 49th anniversary of the movement on January 2, 2014 in the West Bank city of Nablus.(AFP Photo / Jaafar Ashtiyeh)

An 85-year-old Palestinian man died after inhaling teargas used by Israeli forces during their clashes with Palestinian youths, who were celebrating the anniversary of Fatah, eyewitnesses told Reuters.

Saeed Jaser Ali died on Thursday in hospital, where he was taken after an Israeli gas canister landed a day earlier in his house in the village of Kufr Qaddoum near Nablus in the northern West Bank.

Eyewitnesses said that was one of dozens of teargas canisters fired by Israeli soldiers, after a celebration of the 49th anniversary of Fatah, the party of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, resulted in a clash with police.

The clash was confirmed by an Israeli military spokeswoman.

"Last night, a violent riot took place in the village of Qaddoum in which Palestinian residents hurled rocks at security forces, who responded with riot dispersal means," she told Reuters.

The 85-year-old man, Saeed Jaser Ali, thus became the first casualty in the conflict with Israel in 2014.

Last year saw a dramatic increase in Palestinian casualties in the West Bank, according to Israeli human rights group B’Tselem.

“Three times as many people were killed in the West Bank in 2013 as in 2012,” reads the group’s report issued December 30, 2013. “According to the data for the past year, Israeli security forces killed 27 Palestinians in the West Bank in 21 separate incidents and nine Palestinians in the Gaza Strip in seven incidents.”

According to B’Tselem, Palestinians killed three Israeli civilians and three Israeli soldiers in 2013.

US Secretary of State John Kerry is arriving in the region Thursday for a four-day visit, during which he will try and advance the US-brokered peace talks the Israelis and the Palestinians resumed in July, following a three-year hiatus.

The visit comes two days after Israel freed the third of four groups of 104 long-serving Palestinian prisoners set for release under agreement struck last summer. It is however expected that the move will later be followed by the announcement of new settlements being constructed in the occupied West Bank.

Palestinian authorities have already warned they would react to the announcement by seeking membership in various international organizations, including the International Criminal Court, where they would call for Israel’s prosecution for war crimes and violations of international law.

Comments (16)


BernardV 03.01.2014 13:08

You're forever the victims aren't you Paul. Even when you're occupying somebody else's land. heaven forfend that some poor civilian should make even the slightest effort to resist. You say 'snipers' so, how many were there and how did you know this number? Or are you just making it up?

An old man was fixing the illegal fence around Gaza? How many old men work in the israeli military?

A lso, you've forgotten to mention the israeli response. Artillery fire and aerial bombardment of civilian areas in somebody else's Country.


fran7 03.01.2014 08:01

This is yet one more violation of human rights by the corrupt Israelis who are illegally occupying Palestinian Land and are guilty of ethnic cleansing and destroying ancient Palestinian Olive trees and denying water to the indigenous Palestinian People.
Why are discussions about Israel banned in USA universities' and Why does the USA government back Israel when they possess Nuclear Weapons and Chemical Weapons?


Paul 03.01.2014 01:54

Oh my goodness! 36 Palestinian terrorists were killed by Israelis last year! How ever will we stop the tyranny. How about we stop having these groups make Israel look bad and do something progressive. Like bringing to light how many Palestinians were killed by Palestinians. Now there is a number to be scared of......

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