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Israeli forces fire tear gas into Hebron school, injuring 11

April 18, 2016 12:40 P.M. (Updated: April 18, 2016 4:59 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma’an) – Eleven Palestinian schoolgirls suffered from tear gas inhalation after Israeli forces showered their school with gas canisters in the Tariq Ibn Ziad neighborhood in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron.

Locals told Ma’an that faculty and students from al-Zahraa school for girls were caught off guard by the attack.

Some of the injured were evacuated to nearby medical centers for treatment where they are said to be in stable condition, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said in a statement.

A spokesperson for the Israeli army did not immediately have information on the incident.

Tear gas is one of the Israeli army's primary "riot dispersal" methods. However, the gas can have a serious effect when inhaled in large quantities, especially for the young and elderly.

The raid comes after at least four Palestinians were detained and military checkpoints were set up across the district of Hebron in predawn raids Monday.

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