Israeli forces open fire on Palestinian students

Israeli forces open fire on Palestinian students demonstrating near a West Bank checkpoint, injuring seven people on Monday, medics say.

Press TV, 15 March 2010

According to a Palestinian security official, three of the seven were wounded by live rounds and the others were hit by rubber bullets, AFP reported.

An official at a nearby hospital confirmed that seven people were wounded, some of them with live rounds, without providing further details.

The security official said the demonstrators, mostly students from nearby Birzeit University, were protesting Israel’s settlement works in annexed East Jerusalem (al-Quds).

Israel has deployed its forces in Old City in recent days to avoid the tension it caused after announcing a new plan to build 1,600 new housing units in East Jerusalem (al-Quds).

The regime has imposed a lockdown on the West Bank since Friday, and has closed the holy al-Aqsa mosque compound (Temple Mount) in Old City.

The regime seized East Jerusalem (al-Quds) along with the West Bank in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed it in defiance of international law.

Tom Sullivan