Heavily armed Israeli soldiers watching as frightenedÂ Palestinian schoolchildrenÂ attempt to walk home passing through army lines. (WAFA Images)
Israeli soldiers, today, attacked Palestinian school children while they were leaving their school, in the Israeli-controlled part of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, reported WAFA correspondence.
They said that soldiers threw stun grenades at Hebron Elementary School for Boys and harassed the students in the street, after they left the school, causing panic and fear among the children, as well as suffocation from the gas.
Previously, Palestinian children going to or leaving their schools in the Israeliâ€“controlled area of Hebron, known as H2, were accompanied by members of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH), an international civilian monitoring force, until Israel canceled their mandate,Â in February,Â and kicked them out of the West Bank after 22 years of service.
As a result, Israeli settlers and army harassment of Palestinian school childrenÂ has become rampant.
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.