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Israel prevents Tulkarem university from building protective wall

Dec. 12, 2015 4:13 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 12, 2015 5:57 P.M.)
Clashes on Palestine Technical University - Khadoorie in Tulkarem. (MaanImages/File)
TULKAREM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces prevented the administration of Tulkarem's Palestine Technical University - Khadoorie from building a wall around the campus intended to both protect students and stop clashes, a university administrator said.

A head administrator of the university, Dirar Elayyan, told Ma’an Saturday that Israeli forces prevented the university from erecting the wall, which administrators hoped would prevent non-students from entering the campus.

Following student-organized marches that started in October to protest Israeli violations and raids onto the university campus, campus administrators reported that Israeli forces had positioned themselves at a temporary base on the university’s campus.

Non-students then began to enter the campus and throw stones at the Israeli base, prompting violent clashes that have severely interrupted normal campus life and left several students injured.

The university reportedly began preparations to build the wall to prevent the entrance of outsiders last month, however Israeli forces stopped the construction and confiscated a bulldozer, assaulting workers, Elayyan said.

Violence on the occupied West Bank campus has been near-daily over the past month, with nine students injured by live Israeli fire on Friday alone.
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