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Israeli forces injure dozens of university students in Tulkarem

Nov. 9, 2015 5:17 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 10, 2015 12:05 P.M.)
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TULKAREM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and injured at least five students with live bullets on Monday at the northern occupied West Bank's Palestine Technical University in the Tulkarem district, a spokesperson for the Red Crescent told Ma'an.

Thirteen other students were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets and 50 were treated for severe tear-gas inhalation, as Israeli forces raided the university’s campus library and the engineering department.

During the raid, clashes broke out between students and fully-armed Israeli forces.

In total the Red Crescent documented at least 70 injuries to students.

The administration of the university evacuated the campus, sending students home early, in fear for its students’ safety.

An Israeli army spokesperson said "hundreds of Palestinians hurled rocks and rolled burning tires" toward Israeli forces adjacent to the university campus.

The spokesperson said Israeli forces responded with "riot dispersal means" including rubber-coated steel bullets, however the spokesperson denied that live fire was used.

According the Israeli army spokesperson, the clashes in the area are ongoing.

Students of the Palestine Technical University have organized frequent marches throughout October and into November in protest against Israeli violations and raids on the university's campus. When Israeli forces show up to suppress the marches, clashes break out.

According to campus administrators, Israeli forces have been positioned in a camp they set up inside the university's campus where forces often use the position to fire bullets and tear-gas at protesting students.

Since the start of October, clashes between Palestinian youth armed with rocks and Molotov cocktails and Israeli army forces in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip have occurred daily.

In October alone, the Red Crescent documented that Israeli forces shot and wounded at least 760 Palestinians with live rounds across the occupied Palestinian territory, while another 1,857 were hit with rubber-coated steel bullets.

In addition, 5,399 Palestinians were treated for excessive tear gas inhalation during the period, while another 246 were injured in other ways, including assault by Israeli soldiers and burns from tear gas canisters.

According to the society's records, the total number of Palestinians injured last month was around 8,262.

For most parts of the occupied Palestinian territory, October was also the deadliest month since the Second Intifada.
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Not on Ma'an's website / UK
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon announced in a news briefing Monday that military earthmoving equipment secured by Special Forces would demolish the synagogue built illegally at the fringes of Givat Zeev on privately-owned Palestinian land.
09/11/2015 18:49
Outlier / USA
Rocks and burning tires are not going to get a response of tossed rose petals or teddy bears. Violence begets violence.
09/11/2015 18:52
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