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Clashes break out in Abu Dis

April 1, 2014 9:16 P.M. (Updated: April 1, 2014 9:16 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli troops on Tuesday clashed with students of al-Quds University and the Abu Dis School for Boys in Abu Dis near Jerusalem.

Spokesman for the popular resistance committees Hani Halabiya told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the village “in a provocative manner,” and stopped students and inspected their IDs.

This sparked clashes in which Israeli forces fired tear gas, stun grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets.

Halabiya said Israeli forces raided the boys school in the village and detained three students aged between 12 and 14.

They were held and beaten in an Israeli military jeep before the school principle and other local officials intervened and managed to get them released, he said.

Israeli forces also raided the house of the director of the local village council Atif Erekat and searched it for "stone-throwers."

Halabiya added that Israeli forces fired stun grenades and tear gas at the campus, the civil defense headquarters, the department of motor vehicles, the military liaisons office, and the ministry of interior causing dozens to suffer from excessive gas inhalation.

He said Israeli forces used students as human shields to protect themselves from stones.

Israel's military referred inquiries to the border police. A spokesman in turn referred inquiries to the national police which did not immediately return calls Tuesday evening.

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