BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers escorted by military forces surrounded a Palestinian school in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem in an ongoing incident on Thursday morning, detaining a student and two teachers while leaving others trapped inside the school.
Sharif al-Froukh, the deputy headmaster of the al-Minya middle and high school in the village of Tuqu, said an Israeli settler chased students who were on their way to the school for their end-of-year exams, claiming that they had thrown rocks at him.
Al-Froukh added that Israeli forces had detained a fifth grader identified as Mahdi al-Kawazba, and two teachers, identified as Muhammad al-Qurneh and Khalid al-Araysi.
Al-Froukh said that two Israeli settlers’ vehicles and five military jeeps were surrounding the school, and that some teachers were staying at the entrance to prevent the Israelis from raiding the school, while other teachers and staff remained with students inside classrooms.
An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that they were looking into the reports.
The case marked the second time two days that Israeli forces targeted Palestinian schoolchildren in the Bethlehem area, after at least two Palestinian children were beaten and detained by Israeli forces on Wednesday morning inside the Aida refugee camp.
Earlier this month, Israeli police also assaulted and detained a Palestinian school principal in occupied East Jerusalem when he tried to intervene after the Israeli officers hit a young student with their vehicle.
Many Palestinian activists and rights groups have accused Israel of fostering a “culture of impunity” for Israeli settlers and soldiers committing violent acts against Palestinians.
Israeli media reported last week that an Israeli settler who shot and killed a young Palestinian manon May 18 was not being investigated by Israeli police as a criminal suspect in the case.
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