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Israeli forces raid Abu Dis campus, clash with students

Jan. 22, 2014 2:49 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 25, 2014 12:02 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces raided the Abu Dis campus of Al-Quds University on Wednesday and fired tear gas and rubber bullets at students, witnesses said.

Eyewitnesses told Ma'an that clashes began after Israeli soldiers positioned themselves in front of the main entrance to the university and began stopping students and asking for their identity cards.

Israeli forces then began firing multiple tear gas canisters onto the campus, causing students to retaliate by throwing stones.

Soldiers then breached the perimeter of the university campus and continued to fire tear gas and rubber bullets at students.

Witnesses said Israeli forces in full riot gear were seen on campus and the Red Crescent set up an area to treat wounded students.

"This is more major than anything last year or the year before," a witness told Ma'an, adding that the only way to leave the university was to cross the line of fire of Israeli soldiers.

A popular committee spokesman told Ma'an that over 100 Palestinians, including university students, faculty, and staff, suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation.

Others were injured by rubber-coated steel bullets, said Hani Halabiya.

Israeli soldiers entered the university through the main gate and threatened campus guards, Halabiya said.

They remained in the university for two hours, not allowing those inside to leave, he added.

The Abu Dis campus of Al-Quds University was the site of frequent raids in 2013, often leading to closures and delays in lectures.

Dozens of students have been injured in the raids and university property has been damaged.
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