Unprecedented’ exposure to tear gas in Palestinian refugee camp

New research released this month raises serious concerns about the health effects of “unprecedented” exposure to tear gas in Palestinian communities in the occupied Palestinian territory. Tear gas is a chemical irritant which causes burning sensations on the skin and eyes, which is frequently used as a used as a “crowd control” weapon by Israeli security forces. A report by academics from the University of California, Berkley in the US, No Safe Space: Health consequences of tear gas exposure among Palestine refugees has found that 100 per cent of the population of Aida, a refugee camp in the West Bank, have been exposed to the substance in the last year. Their findings underline a statement made to the UN General Assembly by UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl in November that Palestinians living in Aida camp are “exposed to more tear gas than any other population surveyed globally”.
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