Israeli forces raid school, injure dozens of students

15 Mar

Ma’an News Agency, Hebron, 14 March 2019

Dozens of Palestinian students suffered from tear-gas inhalation, on Wednesday, after Israeli forces raided the premises of an elementary school in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron.

According to local sources, Israeli forces repeatedly fired tear-gas bombs towards Palestinian students on their way to the school.

Dozens of students suffered from severe tear-gas inhalation and were taken to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.

In addition, teachers from the school told Ma’an that heavily armed Israeli forces raided the school, which had about 370 students in attendance, and caused panic among the students, as well as disrupted classes.

Palestinian students are regularly harassed by Israeli forces and settlers in Hebron City.

The Palestinian Ministry of education released its annual report for 2017 documenting the Israeli government’s violations against Palestinian education, saying that 80,279 Palestinian children and 4,929 teachers and staff were “attacked” by Israeli settlers or soldiers.

According to the report, nine students were killed, while 603 students and 55 teachers and school employees sustained live or rubber bullets wounds during Israeli raids into schools or by being run over by Israeli military jeeps, while dozens of students suffered from suffocation due to inhaling tear-gas fired by Israeli forces against them.

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