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Palestinians clash with Israeli troops in West Bank, at least 10 injured

Palestinian emergency services evacuate a protestor who was wounded during clashes with Israeli troops following an anti-US demonstration near the West Bank city of Ramallah, on December 7, 2017
ABBAS MOMANI (AFP)

At least ten Palestinians were injured Monday in clashes that erupted during a protest against an Israeli army raid last week on a university campus, according to medical sources and local media.

Undercover Israeli soldiers raided the Birzeit University campus to arrest the head of the students' union Omar al-Kiswani, the university said.

The incident sparked protests and the university distributed video of the incident.

Palestinian news agency Maan reported that 17 people were injured in the clashes, including one who was in a critical condition.

A medic on the scene told AFP that 10 people had been transferred to hospital, including one hit in the face.

The Israeli army said security forces entered the university to arrest a student "suspected of terror acts", confirming they fired a warning shot during the clashes that broke out.

It did not provide further details on his alleged activities. Kiswani is part of a student association affiliated with Islamist movement Hamas.

Senior Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi called the raid an attack on the "fundamental right to education".

On Monday dozens of students from the university clashed with Israeli troops near the campus.

Protesters burned tires and threw stones, with Israeli soldiers firing tear gas and rubber bullets.

An AFP correspondent saw two people injured in the head.

A university official on the site, who declined to be named, said the protest was a "natural" reaction to the Israeli raid.

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if these palis didn't always act like a bunch of animals raids wouldn't be needed

as long as no Israelis were hurt my concerns don't really exist.

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