HEBRON, Monday, April 08, 2019 (WAFA) – A number of Palestinian students and two staff suffocated from teargas fired by Israeli forces near a school in the southern West Bank city of Hebron.
WAFA correspondent said that the soldiers deployed in the vicinity of the An-Nahda Elementary School in the southern part of Hebron city and intensively fired tear gas canisters inside the school compound, causing a number of students, a teacher and the school janitor to suffocate from excessive teargas inhalation.
The teacher and the school janitor fainted from the tear gas inhalation, and were rushed to a Hebron-based hospital for treatment.
Anm-Nahda Elementary School is one of nine Palestinian schools located in the H2 area of Hebron, which falls under Israel’s civil and military control and remains at the most risk of attacks. School children have to access military checkpoints in the H2 area to access their schools.
The area, which houses 32,000 Palestinians, is considered the most vulnerable to Israeli forces and settlers’ attacks which 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.
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.
The city of Hebron, which houses the Ibrahimi Mosque, is home to roughly 160,000 Palestinian Muslims and about 800 Israeli settlers who live in compounds heavily guarded by Israeli troops.
Israel has expelled the only international monitors protecting Hebron’s Palestinians from 800 heavily guarded settlers, one of whom committed the 1994 massacre that triggered their deployment.