Agencies - An eight-month-old Palestinian baby has died after inhaling teargas in a village near Bethlehem, the Palestinian ministry of health has said, on another day of killings and clashes in the West Bank.
The baby, named as Ramadan Mohammad Faisal Thawabta, suffocated inside his family home in Beit Fajjar, a village south of Bethlehem.
It was not immediately clear if a teargas grenade had entered the house or if the baby had been exposed to gas that had seeped in from outside. Thawabta’s body was being transported to Beit Jala governmental hospital. The Israeli defence forces said they were looking into the incident.
The teargas was fired as Israeli soldiers faced off against stone-throwing Palestinian youths in one of a series of clashes that swept the West Bank on Friday.
While Muslim prayers at the al-Aqsa mosque – the focus of recent tensions – passed peacefully, elsewhere the unrest of recent weeks, which has left 60 Palestinians and 11 Israelis dead, continued.