Zionists attack Palestinian school children with tear gas in West Bank

Zionist regime forces have attacked young Palestinian students in al-Khalil and Nablus, in the occupied West Bank, with tear gas canisters and sound grenades.

The Palestinian Ma’an news agency, citing local sources, reported on Sunday that Israeli regime soldiers in al-Khalil physically attacked several Palestinian schoolchildren on their way to school, attempted to arrest one of them and hurled tear gas canisters towards parents who wanted to intervene and save the children.

The sources confirmed that Israeli forces also used tear gas and sound grenades near the Tariq bin Zayed School in the city, adding that the attack caused some school staff and students suffer respiratory problems due to inhalation of tear gas.

Al-Khalil is known for being the scene of regular attacks by Zionist forces and illegal settlers on Palestinian students. About 800 illegal Zionist settlers now live under the full protection of the Israeli military in the Old City of al-Khalil. The city has more than 30,000 Palestinian inhabitants.

Separately on Sunday, Israeli forces injured dozens of Palestinian students with tear gas inhalation after they raided a high school in Urif village, south of the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, Ma’an reported.

According to local sources, Israeli soldiers, in full gear, fired scores of tear gas canisters towards the students after they entered the school. Several of the wounded were taken to a nearby medical center for due treatment, the rest received first aid treatment on the scene.

The report added that the attack disrupted classes and caused panic among the students.

The Urif high school has been the target of several attacks by both Israeli forces and illegal settlers, forcing the staff to close the school at least eight times in the previous semester and six times in the current one.

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