Military Invasion of Saffa Leads to Child’s Hospitalization

22 February 2010

On Saturday, February 20, several jeeps of the Israeli Military entered Saffa, near Beit Ommar, in the middle of the day. While some youth began throwing stones at the jeeps, Israeli soldiers inexplicably began throwing and shooting tear gas canisters inside the nearby homes, breaking windows in the process and punishing the people who were remaining in their homes during the incursion, particularly women and children. One small child, who had a preexisting heart condition had to be rushed to a hospital by ambulance after having severe breathing problems due to the tear gas canister that was hand-thrown by a soldier into her home.

The Israeli soldiers eventually left the area, after not serving any obvious purpose other than the continuing harassment of the residents of Saffa and extensive property destruction.