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Israeli forces tear gas Palestinian school in Bethlehem-area town

March 19, 2018 2:02 P.M. (Updated: March 21, 2018 10:27 A.M.)
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces on Monday attacked a school in the southern occupied West Bank town of Tuqu, to the southeast of the city of Bethlehem, according to official Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned Wafa news agency.

Wafa reported that Israeli soldiers fired more than 10 tear gas bombs at the school, forcing its staff to close its doors in attempts to prevent soldiers from breaking into the school.

“Israeli forces deploy in the vicinity of the school on daily basis, provoking students and making it hard for them to continue their education,” Wafa added.

Earlier this month, the Palestinian Ministry of Education released a statement saying that in 2017, at least 8,0279 Palestinian students and 4,929 teachers and school employees were subjected to attacks by Israeli forces.

According to the report, nine students were killed, while 603 students and 55 teachers and school employees sustained live or rubber bullets wounds during Israeli raids into schools or by being run over by Israeli military jeeps, while dozens of students suffered from suffocation due to inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli forces against them.

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