1 year old dead from tear gas inhalation in Issawiya, clashes intensify in Silwan
September 24, 2010

Medical officials pronounced dead a 14-month old Palestinian boy today in the north Jerusalem village of Issawiya, as a result of extreme tear gas inhalation during an invasion of Israeli forces in the area. Meanwhile in Silwan, violence has gripped the village for the third consecutive day. A molotov cocktail was thrown at the gate of the al-Hamra Spring, an area controlled by the Elad settlement organization in the Palestinian neighborhood of Wadi Hilweh. Confrontations are reported to be escalating outside the settlement complex of Beit Mayhaus in the Wadi Hilweh district, where more molotov cocktails are being thrown at the structure. Israeli military forces are positioned outside the home of martyr Samer Sarhan and firing tear gas at the house. Sarhan's family are still in mourning after he was shot dead by an Israeli settler guard on Wednesday, 22 September. Samar's widow was transferred to hospital after the first rounds of tear gas were fired, suffering from asphyxiation. Eyewitnesses report that Israeli military forces have been firing tear gas projectiles and taking pot-shots at Palestinians with rubber bullets in Silwan. There are also reports of live ammunition being fired at Palestinians, though residents cannot confirm whether the shots are fired by Israeli soldiers or settlers.