Israeli forces attack memorial service held for slain Palestinian, injuries reported


Three Palestinians were shot and injured today by rubber-coated steel bullets, and dozens of others suffocated as Israeli forces attacked a memorial service held for Ammar Shafiq Abu Afifeh, who was shot and killed by the Israeli army last week. Israeli forces stormed the campus of Khadouri Technical University to the north of Hebron, where a memorial service was held for Ammar Shafiq Abu Afifeh, from Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron city, who was shot by soldiers and killed at the entrance of Beit Fajjar, south of the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem, on March 1st. Israeli soldiers reportedly reinforced its presence at the university’s main gate before storming it and attacking participants in the memorial with rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas canisters, and stun grenades, shooting and injuring at least three people with rubber-coated steel bullets, according to the University’s dean of students’ affairs, Issa al-Omleh. Dozens of people, including students who participated in the memorial, suffocated and some reportedly lost consciousness due to tear gas inhalation. The university’s administrative council held the Israeli authorities fully responsible for the lives of students in light of the Israeli army’s continuous storming of the university’s campus and obstruction of students, and the faculty staff through ongoing search and detention operations. The university’s dean of students’ affairs called on the international community and human rights institutions to uphold their responsibilities and put a stop to Israel’s deliberate targeting of students and educational institutions.