Sep 30, 2022 15:16 UTC
  • Teacher wounded, students arrested in Israeli military attack on Palestinian school in al-Khalil

Israeli forces have raided an elementary school in the southern occupied West Bank city of al-Khalil and attacked teachers and students, as tensions are on the rise across the occupied territories in the wake of near-daily Israeli military operations that have martyred dozens of Palestinians.

Director General of Education Department in al-Khalil, Atef al-Jamal, stated that the Israeli troops stormed al-Hajriya Elementary School on Thursday and broke into classrooms, causing panic and fear among students.

A teacher, identified as Ihab al-Rajbi, sustained bruises to his hand. The soldiers also detained and interrogated two schoolchildren after dragging them out of their classrooms. They were released later.

The incident came on the same day that a Palestinian boy died of heart failure while being chased by Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank.

Seven-year-old Rayyan Suleiman was coming home from school with other pupils in the village of Tuqu when troops gave chase, and he “died on the spot from fear,” his father Yasser said in a video circulated on social media.

A medical official who inspected the body stated that it bore no sign of physical trauma and that the death appeared consistent with heart failure.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry condemned the incident as “an ugly crime” by the Israeli regime.