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Israeli forces injure 9 Palestinians in clashes near Jerusalem-area school

Sept. 20, 2017 1:48 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 21, 2017 5:19 P.M.)
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Nine Palestinians, including students, were injured Wednesday morning when Israeli forces raided the town of Abu Dis in the central occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem, triggering clashes with Palestinian residents next to a university and schools in the area while children were present.

Local activist in the town Hani Halabiya said that Israeli soldiers raided Abu Dis as students were heading to school, and claiming that there was "a suspicious object found," with clashes erupting in the area afterwards.

Israeli soldiers indiscriminately fired tear gas canisters and stun grenades at Al-Quds University campus and schools in the area, interrupting schooling, he said.

Schoolchildren were evacuated from the classrooms after inhaling the tear gas, Halabiya said, adding that one person was hit by a live bullet while eight others were injured from rubber-coated steel bullets.

He said all of the wounded were treated at local clinics because Palestinian Red Crescent ambulances were not able to reach the site of clashes.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an they were looking into the incident.

Israeli forces raid Abu Dis on a daily basis, particularly since the new school year started last month, Halabiya said, and Israeli forces deploy at the streets surrounding al-Quds University and and four schools in the area attended by more than 2,000 students.

Al-Quds University, along with other Palestinian universities, has been subjected to numerous Israeli military raids in the past. Six al-Quds University students were shot and injured with rubber-coated steel bullets during clashes there in April.

The university was raided several times last year, when Israeli forces destroyed school’s property, injured scores of students during clashes, confiscated the school’s equipment and documents, and even staged a raid during a book fair for students in need, proceeding to destroy and confiscate all of the contents of the fair meant for struggling, low-income students.
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