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Students protest against phone towers near school

June 8, 2012 8:03 P.M. (Updated: June 11, 2012 5:11 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Students protested outside the headquarters of two mobile phone companies in Bethlehem on Friday, demanding that they remove phone towers from outside their school.

Fifth grade students from the Talitha Kumi school in Beit Jala were joined by the Parents Council in demanding that the towers be removed "to avoid radiation resulting in health consequences for students and the faculties."

The peaceful protest is not targeting the companies, but seeks only to have the towers relocated, Parents Council member Elias al-Naber said.

"Our children are not a field experiment," he added.

Parents are worried about their children's health after saying that 10 cases of cancer have emerged among students and teachers.

A student in the fifth grade died two months ago from the disease and the school's secretary died last week, parents told Ma'an.

The Parents Council is planning to escalate the issue and to suspend the new semester if the phone companies do not respond to their demands.
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