Israeli forces raid West Bank University, dozens of Palestinians injured
Dozens of Palestinian protesters have been injured after Israeli forces raided the Birzeit University campus and detained several students at the university in the occupied West Bank.
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The clashes broke out on Tuesday after Israeli forces fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the protesters who had gathered at the northern entrance of the city of Ramallah.
“Five protesters were hit by rubber-coated metal bullets, one in the head, and dozens suffocated from tear gas inhalation during clashes with Israeli soldiers,” Palestine's official Wafa news agency said, citing witnesses.
The Palestinian Red Crescent Society also reported that its staff had dealt with 12 injuries during Tuesday’s confrontations at the northern entrance to Ramallah.
The Red Crescent Society added that five were hit by metal bullets coated with rubber, and seven were hit by tear gas.
The protesters, many of them students, had marched to the location to protest the Israeli raid with live ammunition on the Birzeit University campus on Monday and the detention of five students, one of whom was shot and injured during the arrest.
Earlier on Tuesday, the students staged a protest on the university campus, during which they condemned the detention of their colleagues and criticized the Israeli regime for the assault on the educational facility.
The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates denounced on Monday the violent attack by Israeli special forces against Birzeit University and said the raid was truly indicative of the Tel Aviv regime’s aggressive nature.
The ministry called on the international community and relevant United Nations institutions, particularly the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to deplore attacks against Palestinian educational institutions, and to take necessary measures to protect Palestinians and their academic centers.
Birzeit University also condemned the “blatant attack” and called on international and human rights institutions to intervene in order to protect educational institutions.
Palestinian students and political activists have over the past year demanded the replacement of the Birzeit University administration for collaborating with Israel and promoting normalization between Palestinians and Israelis.