Local residents report that at about 7 30 this morning, IDF soldiers and two tanks entered the compound of the Al Shouka Elementary Coeducational School and arrested two of the guards. The main gate of the school was damaged during the operation. Israeli soldiers then rounded up about fifty other people, about fifteen of whom were brought to the school where they were held for several hours. Thus the violation of UNRWA premises was exacerbated by turning the school into a detention center.
At about 9 30 a.m. those detained by the IDF were taken to an area outside the school compound for interrogation.
UNRWA has already raised this issue with the IDF, to convey its concerns about the operation and to protest to the IDF about the impact on its education programme.
“My most immediate concern is to ensure that the IDF withdraws immediately, as their operation prevents the holding of examinations that are scheduled to take place in the school tomorrow and Sunday for remedial students,” said Ging.