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Israeli forces raid Jerusalem high school, accuse students of throwing glass

Oct. 10, 2016 7:08 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 11, 2016 3:36 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces raided the Dar al-Aytam school in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem on Monday morning, claiming that students threw glass at them, according to local officials who denied that the students had thrown anything.

Samir Jibril, the director of the educational organization which oversees all the Palestinian schools in occupied East Jerusalem, told Ma’an that seven Israeli soldiers raided the school’s front entrance in an attempt to enter into the classrooms, though the teachers and administration prevented them.

According to Jibril, Israeli forces claimed that students threw glass from classroom windows at officers who were stationed at the gates to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Jibril however said the soldiers’ claims were “bogus” due to the fact that there are “security bars” secured over all the school’s windows, making it nearly impossible for students to throw anything out of them.

Israeli soldiers threatened to raid the school again if the students threw anything at the soldiers, specifically rocks or glass, Jibril added. 

Jibril condemned the raid, saying it was “an attempt to obstruct the educational process under unrealistic claims.”

He noted that 320 high school students through grades 10 and 12 were enrolled at the school.

Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld declined to comment, telling Ma'an he was not familiar with the incident.

Monday morning’s raid on the school came amidst a heightened presence by Israeli forces and extensive overnight raids in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in the wake of a deadly shooting that left the Palestinian attacker and two Israelis dead Sunday morning. 

Sunday night’s massive detention campaign saw 56 Palestinians detained, 39 of whom were from the Jerusalem district

According to Ma’an documentation, some 118 Palestinians have been detained under various circumstances, predominantly during overnight detention raids, since the beginning of October.
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