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Israeli forces tear gas Hebron schools, raid medical center

Dec. 6, 2015 1:24 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 6, 2015 3:28 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma’an) -- Dozens of Palestinian schoolchildren on Sunday suffered from severe tear gas inhalation in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, as Israeli forces fired the gas at multiple schools, the director of the PA Ministry of Education in Hebron said.

Bassam Tahboub said Israeli forces “deliberately" fired tear gas at multiple schools in Hebron, adding that he and the ministry denounced Israel's "provocative" actions against schoolchildren.

The director of a health work committee in Hebron, Ramzi Abu Yousif, told Ma'an that the children who were injured were taken to a nearby medical center. Yousif said Israeli forces raided the medical center while the children were receiving treatment for tear gas inhalation.

During the raid, Israeli forces allegedly beat and detained a 14-year-old student identified as Muhammad Abd al-Hafith Murrar, Yousif said.

An Israeli army spokesperson did not immediately respond for comment on the incident.

Meanwhile, 30 other students suffering from severe tear gas inhalation in Hebron were evacuated to the emergency department at Muhammad Ali al-Muhtasib Hospital, medical sources at the hospital said.

Since the start of October, Israeli forces have detained at least 2,044 Palestinians, 345 of which have been children, according to documentation by human rights group Addameer.

In addition, various rights groups have repeatedly called on Israeli forces to respect the protection afforded to civilian hospitals under the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Last month, the Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, Robert Piper, visited one of the many hospitals that have been raided by Israeli forces during the past several months, accompanied by senior UN officials from UNRWA, UNSCO, UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO and OCHA, and called for an end to the violation of Palestinian health facilities.

“The right to health is a fundamental human right which Israel must respect and protect at all times,” he said following the visit.
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