Dozens hurt as Israeli army shuts West Bank school

On Sunday, Israeli authorities ordered the closure of the Al-Laban-Al-Sawiya school in Nablus

Dozens hurt as Israeli army shuts West Bank school

The Israeli army on Monday used rubber bullets and tear gas canisters to disperse Palestinian students and officials defying an Israeli order to close a school in the West Bank city of Nablus. 

On Sunday, Israeli authorities ordered the closure of the Al-Laban-Al-Sawiya school in Nablus on the pretext that students had hurled stones at Israeli soldiers and settlers. 

Despite the order, students and local officials attempted to reopen the school, prompting Israeli forces to use rubber bullets and tear gas canisters to disperse them.

Municipal council chief Samer Eweis was injured by a rubber bullet and AFP photojournalist, Jaafar Ashtiyeh, was hospitalized after being hit in the head by a gas canister, according to an Anadolu Agency correspondent. 

Dozens of Palestinians students also suffered temporary asphyxiation after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli forces and were treated on the spot. 

The school was attacked by settlers a few months ago and is constantly being attacked by the Israeli army, according to Palestinian residents.

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