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Israeli forces demolish Palestinian school in Masafer Yatta | Israel-Palestine conflict News

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Ramallah occupies the West Bank – Israeli forces have destroyed a recently constructed Palestinian primary school in the Masafayatta region of the occupied southern West Bank. Residents in the region face ongoing threats of displacement.

Local residents and officials told Al Jazeera that Israeli forces stormed the area on Wednesday morning, destroying a school in the village of Isfay al-Fawqa.

“Israeli occupying forces destroyed a school that had students inside during classes,” Nidal Younis, head of the Masafar Yatta local council, told Al Jazeera.

“They used sonic bombs to scare children and kick them out of school,” he added.

According to the Norwegian Refugee Council, the Israeli High Court on Wednesday canceled an interim injunction freezing demolition orders against schools.

The territorial government operations coordinator for COGAT, the Israeli military organization responsible for administrative affairs in the occupied West Bank, said it had demolished buildings illegally constructed in areas designated as closed fire zones.

This institution was built about a month ago and was less than two weeks old. Served her 22 students from her four different villages in Masaferuyatta to her 5th grade.

One of more than ten schools built in the occupied West Bank. under the program Fadi Al-Umor, an activist for Masafar Yatta, told Al Jazeera by the Ministry of Education of the Palestinian Authority with funding from the European Union.

All schools built as part of this project will challenge Israeli restrictions on Palestinian development in Area C, where 60% of the occupied West Bank is under full Israeli military control. is intended for

The Palestinian delegation to the European Union said it was “horrified by the news” of the demolition.

The Palestinian Ministry of Education condemned the demolition in a statement Wednesday morning, describing it as a “heinous crime”.

“This is an addition to the ongoing string of crimes by the occupation of the education sector, targeting children, students, educators and institutions. [is] Regardless of any international charter or law,” the statement continued, adding that such practices are a “grave violation of the right of students to receive a safe and free education.”

The ministry said it organized a visit to the Isfey al-Fauqa school by a delegation of diplomats and UN officials just one day before the demolition.

The demolition of the school comes days after an 18-year-old Palestinian student was shot dead by Israeli forces while attending school just outside the Jenin refugee camp in the Israeli-occupied northern West Bank.

Al Umor, coordinator of Masafar Yatta’s Protection and Restoration Commission, explained that “when it was demolished, the construction of the Isfay School had not yet been completed, but the school was already operating.”

He added that the army had confiscated the school’s furniture, including student chairs, and the school served four villages: Tuba, Isfay al-Fokah, Isfay al-Tata, and Mughayyar al-Adid. He said that

The other school closest to the village is about 4 kilometers away.

“This profession targets everything: our homes, our education, our water, our solar panels,” said Younis, chairman of the council. “They believe this will force people to evict and allow them to ethnically cleanse Masafar Yatta.”

Masafel Yatta, located in Area C, is a region south of Hebron in which about eight villages of more than 1,200 Palestinians, including 500 children, have been ruled by the Israeli High Court in May 2022. Based on this, they are facing imminent forced displacement by Israeli authorities. of Justice.

The ruling ended more than two decades of legal battles in which residents sought eviction. The Israeli army now has the green light to demolish their homes and evict them at any time under the pretext of living in an Israeli military “shooting zone.”

Many families in the area lived there before Israel occupied the West Bank in 1967. repressive Israeli military policy Including restrictions on the maintenance and development of their homes, and barriers to access to power and water grids.

They are also surrounded by illegal Israeli settlements and live under systematic Israeli police, military and settler violence.

An international digital campaign was launched by activists and action groups inside and outside Palestine under the hashtag #SaveMasaferYatta. This is intended to draw attention to the immediate risks facing residents and to pressure Israel to end its deportation efforts.

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