A number of university students and members of the faculty in the Arab-American University in Jenin, in the northern occupied West Bank, suffered from gas inhalation on Saturday, after Israeli forces fired tear gas inside the campus, said witnesses.
WitnessesÂ told WAFA correspondence that Israeli soldiers surrounded the campus before raiding it and firing tear gas canisters at the students and staff, causing several cases of suffocation.
The Israeli army regularly carries out attacks with deliberate and reckless use of force against schools and other educational facilities across the West Bank in a serious violation of international law and studentsâ€™ right to pursue education in a safe environment.
The Global Coalition to protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) said that â€śduring situations of armed conflict, attacks on education may violate international humanitarian and criminal law and constitute war crimes (or crimes against humanity during war or peacetime) as set out in the 1907 Hague Regulations, the 1949 Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols, the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, and customary international humanitarian law.â€ť
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.