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Israeli forces raid Abu Dis, injure 6 al-Quds university students with rubber bullets

April 13, 2017 4:32 P.M. (Updated: April 17, 2017 7:08 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces raided the town of Abu Dis in the Jerusalem district of the occupied West Bank at noon on Thursday, causing clashes to break out between Israeli forces and Palestinian students at al-Quds University, which resulted in several Palestinians being injured.

Israeli forces raided the town and fired tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets at students outside the premises of al-Quds University, injuring six students and causing 18 Palestinians to suffer from tear gas inhalation, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an she would look into reports on the raid and clashes.

Al-Quds University, along with other Palestinian universities, was raided several times last year, during which Israeli forces destroyed the school’s property, injured scores of students during clashes, confiscated the school’s equipment and documents, and even staged a raid during a book fair for students in need, proceeding to destroy and confiscate all of the contents of the fair meant for struggling, low-income students.

In 2016, a biweekly average of 95 Israeli military raids were carried out on Palestinian communities and institutions in the West Bank, according to UN documentation.

Israeli forces have come under repeated criticism from rights groups for the use of excessive force against Palestinians during raids and clashes in instances where protesters could have been dispersed or subdued in a non-violent manner.
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