Wednesday , October 20 2021

Israeli army speeds up W. Bank school for Arafat's anniversary


From Qays Abu Samra

HEBRON, Palestine

Israeli military forces invaded a Palestinian school in the city of Hebron on the West Bank on Sunday during a fight marking the 14th anniversary of the leader of iconic leader Yasser Arafat.

"Dozens of students and teachers suffered a temporary suffocation from the containers with tear gas that triggered Israeli forces during the raid," said school spokesman Tarek bin Ziyad at the Anadolu service.

It is not clear why the Israeli forces invaded the school.

"Attacks on schools and students from Israeli forces and colonists are on the rise," said Sadeq al-Khadour, a spokesman for the Palestinian Ministry of Education.

He said many Palestinian schools in the West Bank have been attacked by Israeli forces in recent weeks.

There was no comment from the Israeli army on the report.

The Palestinians are organizing many activities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Sunday for the anniversary of Arafat's death.

On 11 November 2004, Arafat died in France – under extremely suspicious circumstances – at the age of 75. Until now, doctors have been unable to identify the exact cause of his death.

The Palestinians accuse Israel of poisoning Arafat, a claim rejected by Tel Aviv.

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