Israeli soldiers have targeted with tear gas a Palestinian school in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.
According to Ghassan Daghlas, the Palestinian official in charge of monitoring unlawful activities by settlers in the region, the Israeli forces surrounded the high school in the village of Burin near the West Bank city of Nablus, fired gunshots and tear gas canisters into the school’s yard on Monday.
According to Israeli sources, the soldiers raided the school after some youths from the village threw bottles at and stoned settler vehicles on a nearby road.
Tensions have been running high in the past few weeks in the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds over the desecration of al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli troops and the recent killing of a Palestinian minister in the occupied West Bank.
Analysts say Israel has tried over the past decades to change the demographic makeup of al-Quds by constructing illegal settlements, destroying historical sites and expelling the local Palestinian population.
The al-Aqsa compound, which lies in the Israeli-occupied Old City of al-Quds, is a flashpoint. The location of the compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, is the holiest site in Judaism. The al-Aqsa mosque is Islam’s third-holiest site after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.