Israeli troops fired rubber bullets and used tear gas on Monday (24 November) to disperse Arab students demonstrating in the occupied West Bank.
GV ZOOM IN Bir Zeit University, near Ramallah, West Bank.
GV Israeli soldiers carrying rifle moving through street.
GV Entrance to university with sign.
GV Armed soldiers moving through streets.
GV Soldiers walking and firing tear gas canister.
GV Large rocks lying across street.
GV Soldiers firing tear gas canister.
TV Tower PAN TO soldiers ZOOM TO CU soldiers.
SV PAN TO Soldiers crouching behind wall. (2 SHOTS)
GV Soldier with tear gas gun.
GV PAN Military vehicles moving along road.
SV PAN Troops and police.
GV Smoke pall over empty street.
GV University tower.
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Background: Israeli troops fired rubber bullets and used tear gas on Monday (24 November) to disperse Arab students demonstrating in the occupied West Bank. Israeli sources said the students, from Bir Zeit continuing protests against the closure of the university. The Israelis said 24 student were arrested.
SYNOPSIS: Bir Zeit, the main university on the West Bank, is situated high in the stoney hills above Ramallah.
The Israeli military authorities closed the university on November the fourteenth for seven days after students staged a 'Palestinian week' without approval.
Armed Israeli soldiers moved into the streets around Bir Zeit on Monday (24 November) when, according to the Israelis, the students set up roadblocks using boulders.
The troops used teargas to disperse the students and admitted they had also fired rubber bullets.
The use of rubber bullets followed heavy criticism in and outside Israel last week when troops used live ammunition to fire at the legs of demonstrating students in Ramallah and Bethlehem. but military sources quoted by Reuters said no new regulations on dealing with West Bank demonstrations had been issued to Israelis forces.
The military authorities said no one had been injured during the Bir Zeit operation,but an American lecturer at the university accused soldiers of brutally beating the students.
The day after the Bir Zeit demonstrations, two students were wounded by Israeli troops in a demonstration at the Al Najah University in Nablus.
Violence and disruption have spread to academic institutions throughout the West Bank following the imposition of a controversial regulation by the authorities. The new law, introduced during the summer, requires all colleges and universities to have a permit, issued at the discretion of the military governor.
The Bir Zeit authorities have unequivocally rejected the law as illegal.