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Medical: Woman kills Palestinian Tear Gas

Ramallah, Palestine - A Palestinian woman who inhaled tear gas fired at Israeli soldiers during protests over the separation wall in the West Bank died in the evening, Palestinian medical officials said on Saturday.

The woman named Jawaher Abu Rahma, aged 36 years.

Army said on Friday that they are using tools that are not specified "to disperse demonstrations" to some 250 protesters who took part in weekly protests against the barrier near the village of Bilin, West Bank.

Some pictures showed smoke billowing around the tear gas protesters who threw stones.

Hospital in the town of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank did not say if the woman was suffering from asthma or other illnesses that can exacerbate the effects of the gas.

Some relatives say that older men from the women, Bassem Abu Rahma was also killed in the same place when his head hit by tear gas canisters fired at close range during a rally in April 2009.

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad also attended the rally Bilin on Friday but he was not injured.

A number of Palestinians joined the Israelis and foreign activists protesting against the barrier built on West Bank Israeli troops have clashed with some almost on every Friday outside the Bilin and surrounding areas for many years.

Israel says the steel and concrete walls and barbed wire fences and planned along the 723 miles required for security. Palestinians see it as their land, which is considered as part of their country.

International Court of Justice (ICJ) announced non-binding resolution in 2004 which urged a number of sections of the barrier in the West Bank to be torn down and stop the other buildings in the area.

But Israel does not care about these rules.

Weekly demonstrations announced by non-violent but often turn into clashes between stone-throwing Palestinian youths (Intifadha) with Israeli soldiers who fired tear gas and rubber bullets.

According to figures from the United Nations, Israel has so far completed 413 kilometers of the planned barrier.

When construction is achieved, by 85 percent barrier wall that would stand in the West Bank who took the land from villages such as Bilin and Nilin.

In February Israel began work to re-route planning barrier near Bilin for more than two years because demand for the High Court, so that the Israeli move as far as hundreds of meters to the west.

The High Court issued a ruling in September 2007 that the barrier in Bilin region is "very harmful" to the villagers and asked the government to create an alternative route "during the specified period."

In the rules, the court said the residents had been discriminated against because their land was occupied and agricultural land is cut by the barrier.

Palestinians also said that in some places, the barrier that separates the road to school and treatment center and separating a number of families.

The residents of Bilin is the first to stage the rally scheduled in opposing wall so as to develop a campaign that has spread to other villages in the West Bank.


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