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7 injured in Abu Dis clashes as youths re-open hole in separation wall
Published Monday 12/05/2014 (updated) 14/05/2014 17:54
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Israeli border police pictured in Abu Dis on May 12, 2014
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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.

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1 ) Tobias / USA
12/05/2014 21:32
As long as Arabs bring the "CLASH", Israelis will bring the "GAS",
and these Clash & Gas "PARTIES" can go on FOREVER, or
until Palestinians accept three things:
-1- Unconditional Peace Talks with the Jewish state,
-2- Compromises on Everything (or essentially surrender the
borders & capital claims, that "Palestine" never previously had), and
-3- Sign a Final Comprehensive Peace Agreement With Israel !!!

2 ) Sherri Munnerlyn / US
13/05/2014 04:31
Apartheid Walls of hate invite attempts to tear them down! I applaud the efforts of Palestinians to continue to force holes in the Apartheid Wall of hate!

3 ) @ Sherri-2 / USA too
13/05/2014 18:23
ARAB Stabbings, Shootings, and Suicide bombs "of
HATE" INVITED WALLS (& blockade) of Security and Self-Defense,
AND ARAB ROCKETS INVITED WAR, and only Arab Peace with Israel
will end these two cycles that will continue forever otherwise:
- The Cycle of Tear-down, followed by build-back, and
- The Cycle of Clashes, followed by rubber-bullet, tear-gas, & stun-grenade.

4 ) Colin Wright / USA
14/05/2014 07:08
Think of it this way. The Zionists built the wall on Palestinian territory without obtaining a permit from the Palestinian authorities -- so the Palestinians are demolishing an illegal structure.

5 ) Colin Wright / USA
14/05/2014 07:10
To Tobias #1: '...-2- Compromises on Everything...' Please. The Palestinians have gone from 100% of Palestine, to 47%, to 22% -- and now you want them to 'compromise.' Just what 'compromise' did you have in mind? A nicely walled ghetto?
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