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Israeli settlers attack Palestinian school in West Bank

Members of the Palestinian Youth Against Settlements (YAS) activists escort children on their way to school in Hebron, West Bank on 10 February 2019 [Mamoun Wazwaz / Anadolu Agency]
Members of the Palestinian Youth Against Settlements (YAS) activists escort children on their way to school in Hebron, West Bank on 10 February 2019 [Mamoun Wazwaz / Anadolu Agency]

A number of Israeli settlers yesterday attacked a Palestinian school located in the village of Urif in the West Bank’s northern occupied city of Nablus.

“A group of Israeli settlers had attacked the Urif village’s high school under the protection of the occupation forces” the head of the village’s council, Mazen Shehada, told Quds Press.

Shehada explained that violent clashes broke out between the illegal settlers and the school students, as the Israeli forces fired live and rubber-coated steel bullets, and tear gas at the minors. A number of suffocation and tear gas inhalation cases were reported as a result of the conflict.

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Shehada noted that the injured students were “immediately treated” at the scene, adding that the school’s campus was later evacuated.

This is not the first time for the Urif high school to be attacked by Israeli settlers.

Palestinian towns and villages in the Nablus area are surrounded by Israeli illegal settlements and outposts, many of which are protected by the Israeli military.

Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law.

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