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Dozens of Israeli settlers raid, damage Urif high school

May 5, 2019 12:25 P.M. (Updated: May 5, 2019 12:51 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Israeli settlers raided a Palestinian high school in Urif village, south of the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, overnight on Saturday.

Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that Israeli settlers from the illegal settlement of Yitzhar, raided the high school by throwing rocks towards it and breaking the windows of several classrooms.

Daghlas said that the Israeli settlers fled the scene immediately afterwards.

Daghlas also confirmed that the raid caused moderate material damages to the school.

The Urif high school has been a target of a number of attacks carried out by both Israeli forces and settlers, forcing the staff to shut down the school eight times in the previous semester and six times in the current semester.

Both UNICEF and UNESCO confirmed in an official UN statement that "From January to December 2018, the UN documented 111 interference's to education in the West Bank affecting 19,196 children, an average of more than two violations every week."

The statement added, “During military escalations from November 11th to 13th, schools in the besieged Gaza Strip and in southern Israel were closed for at least one day, including four schools in Gaza that received minor damage, and one learning support centre and one kindergarten that both severely damaged."

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