Clashes, Injuries, Reported As Army Attacks Educational Facilities In Abu Dis

12 May
3:12 PM

[Monday Morning, May 12, 2014] Dozens of Israeli soldiers surrounded the al-Quds Open University, and a number of schools, in Abu Dis town, near occupied East Jerusalem, clashing with local youth and causing dozens of injuries.The Ma’an News Agency said the soldiers invaded the area to close a gap, created recently by local youth, in the Annexation Wall.

Coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements in Jerusalem, Hani Halabiyya, stated that dozens of soldiers invaded the area, especially where the gap is located near the Al-Quds Open University, leading to clashes with dozens of young people.

Halabiyya said the army surrounded the University, and fired dozens of rubber-coated metal bullets, gas bombs, concussion grenades and several rounds of live ammunition, especially targeting the Engineering College and Computer Science Department.

‘Ala Bassa, a local medic working for the al-Eezariyya Local Council, told the Ma’an News Agency that dozens of Palestinians, including students of the Abu Dis School for Males, the Abu Dis University and the Arab College, suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.

He further stated that several Palestinians (including two who were injured by rubber-coated bullets and nine of those who suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation) were moved to a local clinic; the rest suffered mild injuries and did not require further medical attention.

All students and staff of the attacked educational facilities were sent home due to the intensity of gas fired by the invading soldiers.

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Saed Bannoura

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