October 22, 2016

Israeli forces ‘shoot nine Palestinian’ students in clashes

Israeli troops stand guard as medics treat a Palestinian woman hit with rubber attacks during an attempted attack on the army in Hebron in the West Bank Hazem Bader/AFP

At least nine Palestinian students have been shot and injured after clashes with Israeli soldiers outside a university in the West Bank.

Soldiers reportedly advanced on the campus of Palestine Technical University-Kadoorie in Tulkarem as Palestinian students threw stones, according to the International Middle East Media Center.

Palestinian medical sources reported a paramedic was also injured by gunfire while evacuating injured students.

It comes just a day after the Israeli military said a Palestinian woman was shot with rubber bullets as she tried to stab troops in the West Bank city of Hebron.

The army said she had been arrested and taken to hospital for treatment.

No soldiers were reported injured.

The incidents are the latest in three months of increased hostilities between Israeli forces and Palestinians.

115 Palestinians have been killed since the latest outbreak of violence – 79 of those were combatants according to the Israeli military – prompting fears of a “Third Intifada”.

An intifada – meaning “uprising” – is the name given to the periodic bouts of violent resistance to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.

The last intifada between 2000 and 2005 killed over 6,000 Palestinians and over 1,000 Israelis according to B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights organisation.

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