JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian youths east of Jerusalem have re-opened a hole in the Israeli separation wall that was sealed earlier on Monday, amid clashes in the town of Abu Dis, a local spokesman said.
Hani Halabiya, spokesman for a local popular committee, told Ma'an that Israeli forces blockaded al-Quds University for over three hours and fired tear gas and stun grenades onto the campus, preventing students from entering or exiting.
Throughout the clashes, a total of seven Palestinians were injured and taken to hospitals for treatment, Halabiya said.
Abu Dis resident Ammar Hadidoun was beaten by Israeli forces as he entered his apartment building, locals said.
A paramedic at the scene told Ma'an that dozens of local residents, school children, and students were injured as a result of excessive tear gas in the area.
Students from Abu Dis High School and the Arab Institute High School were evacuated to safety by ambulance crews after Israeli soldiers fired tear gas in the area.
Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Ma'an that border police were in the area "protecting people who were fixing a hole in the security fence."
Some 100 Palestinians had gathered to throw stones at the police officers and the workers who were fixing the hole, Rosenfeld said.
He said Israeli police and border police used "non-lethal weapons" to disperse the Palestinians, and that no injuries were reported among the Israeli officers.
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.
The Abu Dis campus of Al-Quds university was the site of frequent raids in 2013, often leading to closures and delays in lectures.
Dozens of students were injured in the raids and university property was damaged.