tear gas


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tear gas,

gas that causes temporary blindness through the excessive flow of tears resulting from irritation of the eyes. The gas is used in chemical warfarechemical warfare,
employment in war of incendiaries, poison gases, and other chemical substances. Ancient armies attacking or defending fortified cities threw burning oil and fireballs. A primitive type of flamethrower was employed as early as the 5th cent. B.C.
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 and as a means for dispersing mobs. Compounds that cause lacrimation (watering of the eyes) include bromoacetone, benzyl bromide, chloroacetophenone, ethyl iodoacetate, chloropicrin bromobenzyl cyanide, and bromine-substituted xylenes. In warfare a lacrimating compound in liquid form is placed in bombs, shells, or grenades; when the device explodes, the liquid is dispersed as an aerosol.

tear gas

[′tir ‚gas]
(materials)
A substance (usually liquid) which, when atomized and of a certain concentration, causes temporary but intense eye irritation and a blinding flow of tears; chloroacetophenone is a common tear gas. Also known as lacrimator.

tear gas

any one of a number of gases or vapours that make the eyes smart and water, causing temporary blindness; usually dispersed from grenades and used in warfare and to control riots
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Despite increased security measures in the entrance of the building, Parliament Speaker Kadri Veseli could not launch the session when the tear gas canister was opened.
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Local and security sources informed WAFA that the Israeli forces stormed the village late Friday, where they proceeded to fire tear gas canisters and stub grenades toward the Palestinian village locals, causing many of them to suffer from suffocation, including 7-year-old Ameen Issa, and a woman, whose case necessitated their transfer to hospital for medical treatment.
The soldiers then immediately opened rubber bullets, stun grenades at the demonstrators and covered the area with tear gas ,then They used jeeps to chase demonstrators in order to arrest them.
Human rights campaigners exploit the use or abuse of tear gas, by developing countries in particular, as an important campaigning tool to defame incumbent governments.
Thousands of protesters trying to reach the area were stuck on side streets, held back by a blanket of tear gas.
One protester was hit in the face by a tear gas canister and was rushed to a nearby ambulance.
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Police fired tear gas upon the students to bring the situation under control; however, the students retaliated and vandalized four vehicles including a police van.
They fired dozens of tear gas rounds and chased protesters through nearby streets.
The clashes erupted when security forces used to tear gas to prevent the people participating in the rally to reach Habib Bourguiba street, downtown Tunis.
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