Several injured, one with live fire during clashes with PA in Tulkarem area
Oct. 29, 2016 8:00 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 29, 2016 8:00 P.M.)
TULKAREM (Ma’an) — One Palestinian was injured with live fire while several
others suffered from severe tear gas inhalation during clashes with
Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces in the Tulkarem-area village of
Qaffin in the northern occupied West Bank.
Medical sources told Ma’an that clashes broke out on Saturday between PA
security forces and members of a family from Qaffin, after the funeral of a
local man who was attacked on Thursday and succumbed to his injuries on
According to the sources, PA security forces have been deployed in the
village for three days, following the deadly attack of village resident
Bilal Muhammad Kamil Hirsha, who was was killed by a group of men from the
Hirsha, 47, was attacked in his workplace near the Israeli army checkpoint
of Bartaa, west of Jenin on Thursday.
Shortly after his death on Friday, Palestinian police arrested six suspects
and identified four others who were still on the run.
Palestinian security sources told Ma’an that right after the funeral,
“hundreds of angry family members of Hirsha rushed to the suspects’ houses
to set fire to the houses.”
Security officers then fired tear gas canisters at the crowds of family
PA security sources added that “warning gunshots were also fired into the
air given the large numbers of attackers,” and as a result a man was injured
with live fire.
Local sources confirmed to Ma’an that family members of the suspects had
already left their homes fearing such an attack from the victim’s family.