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Israeli forces raid al-Quds University, damage contents of book fair for the needy

Nov. 19, 2016 6:22 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 20, 2016 4:24 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces stormed the campus of al-Quds University in the Jerusalem district village of Abu Dis on Saturday morning, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Education.

The ministry said in a statement on Saturday that “large numbers of heavily armed” Israeli troops stormed the university campus at dawn and damaged the "contents of a book fair," which students had been organizing to help their fellow students in need.

"All books, magazines, and stationery which are being sold to needy students at low prices have been either stolen or damaged [by Israeli forces]," the statement said.

The statement added that after raiding several buildings, including the main administration building, Israeli forces left the campus after three hours.

An Israeli police spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

The ministry highlighted that Israeli forces had also violently raided Palestine Technical University - Kadoorie in the northern occupied West Bank of Tulkarem on Thursday.

Israeli troops broke open the main doors of a computer center at the university and damaged several computers.

"In an obvious burglary that lasted more than an hour, Israeli soldiers stole electronic material and archival database off the university's security cameras," the statement said.

The statement added that Israeli forces have raided the campus 85 times in the past two years, “endangering thousands of students.”

“Some students were shot with live ammunition and several others were hit with rubber-coated (steel) bullets or hurt as a result of inhaling tear gas during past Israeli incursions into campus,” the statement concluded.

An Israeli army spokesperson said they were looking into reports of Thursday's raid on Palestine Technical University - Kadoorie.

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