Israeli gas attacks take health toll on West Bank villagers

Witnesses and officials in Jayyous, a farming village in the occupied West Bank, say a series of unprovoked tear-gas attacks by Israeli troops in recent weeks have taken a grave toll on residents’ health. The attacks come with a further tightening of Israeli military control of the town. Shareef Omar Khaled of the Jayyous Land Defense committee noted that Israel’s “separation wall” has now completely cut off the town from its agricultural lands. Shareef reports that soldiers frequently enter to the village and throw tear gas, and that many residents have developed respiratory problems.