Dozens of Palestinians suffered from tear-gas inhalation during confrontations with Israeli forces in the town of Beit Ummar, south of the city of Hebron, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported.

Mohammed Awwad, a media activist, said that Israeli forces stormed the town, in the southern occupied West Bank, and fired tear-gas canisters directly towards Palestinian resident’s homes.

Many local Palestinian residents resisted the invasion, until the tear-gas caused dozens to suffer the effects of tear-gas, and were treated at the scene.

According to wikipedia, 2-chlorobenzalmalononitrile (also called o-chlorobenzylidene malononitrile; chemical formula: C10H5ClN2), a cyanocarbon, is the defining component of tear gas commonly referred to as CS gas, which is used as a riot control agent.

Exposure to this compound causes a burning sensation and tearing of the eyes to the extent that the subject cannot keep his or her eyes open, as wells as a burning irritation of the mucous membranes of the nose, mouth and throat, resulting in profuse coughing, nasal mucus discharge, disorientation, and difficulty breathing, partially incapacitating the subject.

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Edited for IMEMC: Ali Salam