Over Seventy Palestinian Children Wounded by Israeli Forces: UN

The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) says that in the period of September 7 to 20 2021, hundreds of Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces in the West Bank, including more than 70 children.

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Palestinian children in the West Bank. (Reuters/Ammar Award)

ACTNews, WEST BANK – The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory reported that between September 7 and 20, the Israeli armed forces continued to carry out attacks on Palestinian civilians in the West Bank. UN-OCHA noted that at least 568 Palestinians were injured, including 73 children.

Of the total cases, 320 were injured during protests against illegal settlement. UN-OCHA further reported that six of the injured Palestinians were shot with live bullets.

In addition, a 28-year-old Palestinian man who is a father of an eight-month-old baby was killed during a protest in Beita.

According to the report, more than 55 students and teachers were hit by tear gas by Israeli forces in six schools. In the Israeli-controlled area of ​​the city of Hebron, Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters at a local school compound, causing six students and 46 teachers to be treated for tear gas inhalation and three schools to be evacuated due to the intensity of the gas.

In another incident in the town of Anata, northeast of Jerusalem, Israeli forces also fired tear gas canisters into the yard of a school, causing two girls and one teacher to be taken to the hospital. The classes had to be suspended for the remainder of the day which affects 500 students.

During the two-week period, UN-OCHA also noted that Israeli forces had carried out dozens of arrests and detained 99 Palestinians. Most of the operations took place in the governorates of Hebron and Bethlehem.[]