Rally marking Fatah's 47th anniversary in Nablus 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
The IDF has launched an investigation on Thursday after Palestinian sources said
an 85-yearold man, from the West Bank village of Kafr Kadum, near Nablus, died
late Wednesday from an army tear gas canister fired into his home.
army source said the incident was under investigation, and could not offer more
details on it as a result.
During the nighttime disturbance at Kafr
Kadum, between 20 and 40 Palestinians took part in rioting, and were dispersed
by a Nahal infantry unit, the source added.
According to Palestinian
security sources, Said Jasser Ali died from smoke inhalation after IDF troops
fired tear gas at a procession in Kfar Kadum marking the anniversary of the
founding of Fatah.
Witnesses said IDF soldiers fired tear gas canisters
at Palestinian homes, including that of Ali. He was later rushed to Al-Arabi
Hospital in Nablus, where he was pronounced dead around midnight on
The IDF said it was too early to determine definitively
whether the Palestinian died from smoke inhalation.
Also on Thursday, a
group of Palestinians approached the Gaza Strip-Israeli security fence and began
hurling rocks at IDF soldiers and at the fence. The suspects entered a closed
security zone, and ignored requests from soldiers to move away, an army
spokeswoman said. A soldier fired on the legs of one of the suspects, who was
hit and wounded.
Late Thursday night, a Kassam rocket fired from Gaza
landed in an open area in the South.Jerusalem Post staff contributed to