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Israeli forces raid Al-Quds University

June 22, 2014 9:57 A.M. (Updated: June 23, 2014 10:38 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Sunday morning stormed Al-Quds University in eastern Jerusalem, marking the most recent in a series of attacks on Palestinian educational institutions in the West Bank since the beginning of a massive arrest campaign last week.

Clashes broke out on Sunday morning between Palestinians and Israeli troops after they stormed the Abu Dis village immediately east of Jerusalem and the university campus.

Locals told Ma'an that dozens of military vehicles raided Abu Dis from all directions.

Spokesman for the popular resistance committees in East Jerusalem Hani Halabiyya told Ma'an that Israeli soldiers broke into Al-Quds University and carried out thorough searches, focusing on the building of the law faculty.

The soldiers locked up all security guards in one room for the duration of the search, he said.

Halabiyya said that Israeli soldiers confiscated several computers as well as Islamic flags and banners.

During the raid, clashes broke out near the campus between the Israeli soldiers and local young men.

Several people were hurt by the excessive use of tear gas by Israeli soldiers.

A local freelance photojournalist Rami Illariyya was temporarily detained by the Israeli soldiers during the clashes.

An Israeli military spokesman did not return calls seeking comment.

In the last week Israeli forces have raided a number of Palestinian universities, including Birzeit near Ramallah and the Arab American University in Jenin, and taken numerous documents and files during campus searches.

They also used the Palestine Ahliya University as a holding ground for detainees during a raid in nearby DUheisha camp near Bethlehem.

On Thursday, Birzeit University condemned the raid on their campus, calling it a "blatant attack on the right to education."
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