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85-year-old Palestinian man dies from tear gas

85-year-old Palestinian man dies from tear gas
Palestinians take part in a rally marking the 48th anniversary of the founding of the Fatah movement, in Gaza City, on January 4, 2013. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians joined a rare rally staged by President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah group in Gaza on Friday, as tensions ease with rival Hamas Islamists ruling the enclave since 2007. UPI/Ismael Mohamad | License Photo

KAFR QADDUM, West Bank, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- An 85-year-old Palestinian man died after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli troops during a rally, the Palestinian Ma'an news agency reported.

The incident took place Wednesday in the West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum during a rally commemorating the 49th anniversary of the Fatah movement, local residents said.

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The protesters marched toward the entrance of town where Israeli troops showed up and peppered the area with tear gas. One canister landed in the home of Said Jasir, who suffocated on the gas, Ma'an reported.

Jasir was taken to Al-Arabi hospital in Nablus where he died.

Local residents said there are weekly protests in Kafr Qaddum over the expansion of Israeli settlements.

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