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Israeli forces clash with Palestinians near al-Quds University

Sept. 9, 2014 5:02 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 9, 2014 10:32 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Clashes broke out between Palestinians and Israeli forces near al-Quds University in Abu Dis on Tuesday, witnesses said.

Since the morning, Israeli forces were deployed near the separation wall opposite the university, stopping students and checking their identity cards as they passed by, locals told Ma'an.

Elderly residents of Abu Dis village demanded the soldiers leave the university surroundings, "but soldiers refused to leave and insisted on provoking students," one witness said.

Later, soldiers fired stun grenades, tear gas, and rubber coated bullets at students, some of whom responded by throwing rocks at the forces.

Al-Quds University is a frequent site of tensions between young Palestinians and Israeli forces, who locals accuse of violating students' academic freedom.

Earlier this year, the Palestinian Ministry of Higher Education strongly condemned an Israeli raid on al-Quds University campus in January in which dozens of students suffered tear gas inhalation and university property was damaged.

The raid was part of a "continuous and systematic context of violations against the Palestinian institutions in Jerusalem, including the educational institutions and their cadres," the ministry said at the time.
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