Students suffer tear gas inhalation south of Nablus

NABLUS, A number of Palestinian students Wednesday morning suffocated from tear gas fired by Israeli forces at a school in the village of Urif, south to the occupied West Bank city of Nablus.

The principal of Urif High School ‘Ayed al-Qitt told WAFA that Israeli forces stormed Urif and intensively showered the school compound with tear gas bombs, prompting him to evacuate all students from the school.

The military raid triggered confrontations outside the school campus during which a number of students suffocated.

The confrontations took place as a group of Israeli settlers from Yitzhar, an illegal settlement inhabited by hardcore fanatic Jews, gathered not far away from the school campus.

The school has been the subject of recurrent Israeli forces and settlers’ attacks, which prompted the principal to evacuate the students eight times during the first semester and six times during the second semester of the academic tear 2018/2019.

Attacks on education by Israeli military forces and Israeli settlers in Palestine constitute grave violations of children’s rights to education and development. These attacks are particularly prevalent in the most vulnerable areas of the West Bank � Area C, H2 and Jerusalem.

Such attacks are regular enough to create a constant climate of fear and terror for students and their teachers, generating among them great psychological distress and anxiety and severely reducing levels of educational attainment.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency