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Israeli soldiers tear gas Palestinian village as children make their way to school

March 21, 2018 11:20 A.M. (Updated: March 22, 2018 2:57 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- As Palestinian children were heading to school on Wednesday morning, Israeli forces raided the central occupied West Bank village of al-Mughayyir, in the Ramallah district, injuring eight people with rubber-coated steel bullets while dozens of others, some kindergarten children, were suffered from tear gas inhalation.

Local sources told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the village as students were heading to their schools, and local residents were heading to work.

Soldiers deployed at the village’s schools, kindergarten, local mosque, and several homes.

The soldiers’ presence prompted clashes with local youth, who threw rocks while forces fire rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas, causing many school children to be exposed to the gas on their way to school.

Eight locals were injured by rubber bullets, with one requiring hospitalization for light injuries, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

Official Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned Wafa news agency reported that undercover Israeli soldiers also raided the local boys’ school, during which they beat 10 students and detained three of them.

Earlier this month, the Palestinian Ministry of Education released a statement saying that in 2017, at least 8,0279 Palestinian students and 4,929 teachers and school employees were subjected to attacks by Israeli forces.

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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