Students Suffocate as Israeli Army Tear Gases Schools in Hebron

HEBRON, December 23, 2015 (WAFA) – Dozens of school students suffocated after inhaling teargas fired at them by Israeli forces on Wednesday, as the latter stormed the school zone in the southern part of the West Bank city of Hebron, according to local sources.

Witnesses told WAFA that Israeli soldiers fired teargas and toxic gas canisters toward students outside Tareq Bin Ziyad , causing multiple cases of suffocation by teargas inhalation.

Those who suffocated were treated at the scene by Palestinian Red Crescent (PRC) personnel.

Israeli army repeatedly carry out numerous attacks, with the deliberate and reckless use of force, against schools and educational facilities in the area, in a serious violation of international law and students’ right to pursue education in a safe environment.

Meanwhile, students suffocated by inhaling teargas fired by Israeli troops on a school in nearby Beit Ummar town. They were also treated at the scene.

To be noted, Defense for Children International (DCI) described the year 2014 as the most difficult year for Palestinian children due to the ongoing Israeli violations, mainly the 2014 summer aggression on the Gaza Strip.

The Global Coalition to protect Education from Attack also said, “During 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.”