Israeli Forces Storm Tulkarm University, Provoke Clashes with Students

TULKARM, November 9, 2015 (WAFA) – Several university students were injured by rubber-coated steel rounds while others suffocated due to inhaling teargas during clashes with Israeli forces, who stormed the campus of the Palestine Technical University (Kadoorie) in Tulkarm, according to local sources.

The wounded were transferred to a nearby hospital for medical treatment, the university’s public relations department told WAFA.

It said the university’s administration was compelled to order all students to leave the campus to avoid clashes and any possible injuries due to the heavy military presence.

This came only one day after similar clashes erupted at the campus due to repeated Israeli military incursions into the site. Injuries and suffocation cases were reported as well.

The university campus, located just close to the border fence with Israel, has been witnessing renewing clashes between Israeli forces and students during the past few days.

According to the university’s public relations department, tension has been running high at the campus due to Israeli forces’ continuous attempts to take over part of the campus’ land for the benefit of expanding a nearby Israeli military training base.

At least 80 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire during an ongoing unrest in the West Bank since early October 2015. Over 2,270 Palestinians have also been injured.