By Salman Abu Obeid
Eyewitness accounts given to our correspondent in the Negev confirm that on Wednesday morning, the playground of the Secondary Peace School in the town of Hurra in the Negev was turned into a bona fide battlefield after a vast police force invaded the school yard and threw stun grenades and tear gas, injuring dozens of students and teachers.
According to the eyewitnesses, the clashes broke out when police attempted to arrest individuals from the school shop. One of the teachers at the school told Palestinians 48: "Initially there were students who were arguing with police in the school yard, the situation then developed into clashes when the police raided the campus and threw stun grenades and tear gas canisters. Many students were injured, there was widespread fear and panic and many have had to be transferred to Soroka Hospital to receive treatment. All students were later evacuated from the school campus".
Our correspondent was informed that at least four female students were taken to hospital while many other students preferred not to seek treatment for fear of arrest and prosecution. The same source told Palestinians 48 that a teacher was also arrested and that students were able to film events and document what happened moment by moment.
Source: Palestinians 48