5th March 2014 | International Solidarity Movement, Team Nablus | Al Sawiya, Occupied Palestine
On Monday March 3rd, in the early afternoon, Obada Muhammad Saleh, a 17 years old Palestinian was arrested by the Israeli Forces in his school in Al Sawiya.
Around 1pm last Monday, was school children were leaving Al Sawiya’s school, ten Israeli soldiers invaded the school’s courtyard and threw stun grenades and tear gas grenades at the children in order to arrest Obada Muhammad Saleh, who was quietly walking out of his class. Soldiers blindfolded and handcuffed him in the back, before bringing the teenager to their jeep. Teachers who were trying to protect Obada were verbally assaulted by Israeli soldiers on the scene. The young 17 year old is now facing charges of “stone throwing.”
It is not the first time a minor gets arrested in Al Sawiya school located next to road 60, in Area C. Out of 413 students coming there from Al Sawiya, Al Lubban and ‘Ammuriya, twenty got arrested in the last 3 years. Out of necessity, teachers need to walk the kids to school everyday due to the constant presence of the army around the school.