A number of Palestinian students were injured yesterday in clashes with the Israeli occupation forces at the northern entrance to the city of Al-Bireh in the central West Bank.
Clashes erupted between Birzeit University students and the army forces near the Beit El military checkpoint at the northern entrance to the city of Al-Bireh, following a demonstration condemning the arrest of five of their colleagues by Israeli forces yesterday in front of the university’s northern entrance.
The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said in a statement that 5 Palestinian students were wounded with rubber-coated metal bullets during the confrontations, noting that one of them was hit in the head and taken to hospital for treatment, and his injuries were described as moderate.
The statement indicated that the association’s staff provided field treatment to a number of students who suffered from suffocation as a result of tear gas canisters, while there was no comment from the Israeli army on this.
On the other hand, Israeli vehicles yesterday razed agricultural lands, uprooted dozens of olive and almond seedlings, and demolished retaining walls and a water tank in the town of Battir, west of Bethlehem, according to the director of the Office of the Resistance of the Wall and Settlement Authority in the Palestinian Authority, Hassan Brijieh.
Breijieh told Xinhua that an Israeli army force, accompanied by large vehicles, stormed the area and began razing agricultural land with an area of about 40 dunams.
In a recent context, Ghassan Daghlas, the official in charge of the settlement file in the northern West Bank, said that dozens of settlers “stormed” yesterday morning Islamic religious shrines in the town of Awarta, southeast of Nablus.
Douglas said that the settlers stormed the town under the protection of the army and performed rituals and religious prayers in religious shrines (the shrine of the Aziz, the shrine of the favorite and the graves).
On the other hand, the Palestinian NGOs Network submitted yesterday a letter of protest to the Dutch government over its decision to stop funding a Palestinian NGO under Israeli instigation.
A letter was delivered from Palestinian NGOs to the Dutch government through its representation in the city of Al-Bireh in the West Bank, rejecting its decision to stop funding the Palestinian Union of Agricultural Work Committees.
During a vigil organized in front of the Dutch representative office, these organizations considered that the Dutch decision expresses “explicit bias” towards Israel, and demanded its annulment.