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In video - Students injured as Israeli forces fire tear-gas at Hebron school

April 7, 2019 10:43 A.M. (Updated: April 8, 2019 12:00 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Dozens of tear-gas bombs were fired by Israeli forces at Palestinian students at the Hebron Elementary School, in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron, on Sunday morning.

According to Adnan Daana, the school’s director, dozens of students and school staff suffered from severe tear-gas inhalation as Israeli forces raided the school and repeatedly fired tear-gas into the courtyard.

Daana confirmed that several of the injured students were taken to a nearby hospital for necessary medical treatment.

The school had about 370 students in attendance at the time of the raid, which caused panic among the students, as well as disrupted classes.

Khalil Erfaiyeh, the secretary of the school, said that Israeli forces and settlers regularly harass the students while making their way to school or back home, in addition to being subjected to body searches.

More than 11 Palestinian schools in the Hebron district have reported a number of violations carried out by Israeli forces against students and school staff.

The UN documented 111 Israeli attacks on education in the West Bank affecting more than 19,000 children in the last four months of 2018.

The UN documentation identified the Israeli attacks as “Incidents of interference in schools by Israeli forces,” which include “threats of demolition, clashes on the way to school between students and security forces, teachers stopped at checkpoints, and the violent actions of Israeli forces and settlers on some occasions.”

UN officials said, “More than half of the verified incidents involved live ammunition, tear gas and stun grenades fired into or near schools by Israeli forces, impacting the delivery of education or injuring students.”

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