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Students in Jerusalem, Hebron injured after Israeli forces fire tear gas in universities

Nov. 1, 2016 5:33 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 2, 2016 1:37 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- Clashes broke out between Palestinian youth and Israeli forces on Tuesday afternoon near al-Quds University in the Jerusalem district town of Abu Dis.

Bassam Bahar, head of a local committee in Abu Dis, told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided Abu Dis and stationed themselves on the al-Quds University’s premises, causing clashes to break out in the area between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian youth.

Witnesses added that dozens of students suffered from tear gas inhalation, as Israeli forces fired tear gas towards the university.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said that its crews provided medical care to two Palestinians injured by rubber-coated steel bullets, and treated 45 people for severe tear gas inhalation.

An Israeli police spokesman said he was unaware of the incidents.

Separately, a number of Palestinian university students in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron suffered from suffocation when Israeli forces fired tear gas towards their campus.

Israeli forces fired tear gas towards the Palestine Polytechnic University in the Wadi al-Hari area of Hebron, reportedly not in response to any sort of provocations, as witnesses highlighted that there were no clashes or other problems taking place at the time.

Witnesses said that an Israeli military vehicle passing near the university fired tear gas at the university compound, and that Palestinian ambulances rushed to scene afterwards and presented first aid to the students.

An Israeli army spokesperson said they were looking into reports.

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