An 85-year old
Palestinian died on Thursday after inhaling tear gas fired by
the Israeli army to disperse local protesters landed in his home
in the West Bank, local eyewitnesses told Reuters.
He is the first Palestinian casualty of the conflict with
Israel in 2014 following a violent clash with soldiers on the
outskirts of the village of Kufr Qaddoum near Nablus in the
northern West Bank.
An Israeli military spokeswoman had no immediate comment but
was checking for details of the clash.
Youths in the village were on Wednesday celebrating the 49th
anniversary of the founding of the Fatah
movement, the party of
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
, when the clash erupted.
Villagers told Reuters the soldiers fired dozens of tear gas
canisters at them, one of which entered Saeed Jaser Ali
He was taken to a local hospital, where he died early on
Ali's death comes as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
expected to return to the region on Thursday to aid peace talks
between the Israelis and Palestinians he helped revive in July
after a three-year hiatus.