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Video| Israeli forces attack Palestinian residents, students heading to school in Nablus

Nablus (QNN)- Dozens of Israeli occupation forces and settlers earlier on Wednesday raided the village of Al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya in Nablus in the occupied West Bank and attacked its residents and students who tried to prevent their raid.

Local sources said dozens of Israeli settlers backed by the Israeli forces and police raided the village of Al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya earlier today.

The residents of the village tried to confront them and prevent the raid.

However, the occupation forces responded by firing tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets directly and intensively towards the residents and the students, who were heading to their school, injuring and suffocating at least 60 of them.

Israeli forces’ attacks against Palestinian students and residents of the village has increased lately.

Al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya is a home to about 3,500 Palestinians, 20km south of the city of Nablus in the northern West Bank.

Two illegal Israeli settlements, Eli and Ma’ale Levona, straddle the sides of the village and are built on land belonging to it.

Every afternoon, Israeli forces are stationed at the village’s entrance near the main highway between Ramallah and Nablus.

Nearby Israeli soldiers patrol on foot as groups of schoolchildren from Lubban attempt to take alternative routes to get home following numerous settler and forces attacks.

Parents are forced to drive their children to and from school every day because they are scared of their children being hurt or arrested by the soldiers.

The schoolchildren are also forced to take an alternative route through village fields to get home as Israeli soldiers patrolled the main road.

In May, a Palestinian man named Nidal Safadi was killed when settlers and Israeli soldiers raided the village and jointly shot him four times.

According to an August 15 statement by Lynn Hastings, the UN humanitarian and resident coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territories, 24 Palestinian children – five girls and 19 boys – were injured by settlers in the West Bank since the beginning of the year.

“Israel has a responsibility to protect children and teachers from harassment and violence by settlers on their way to and from school – and in any event,” said Hastings.

“All parties must commit to the protection of children in accordance with international law no matter where they are.”

Thus, the residents of the village have decided to prevent Israel’s attacks against their schoolchildren and the village.

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