Students Battle Israeli Soldiers At Demonstration

About 200 Palestinian students threw stones at Israeli soldiers during a demonstration Monday to demand the release of Palestinian prisoners. The soldiers responded with rubber bullets and tear gas.

One student was hit in the knee with a rubber bullet, and four people were taken to the hospital after they were overcome by tear gas. A school was temporarily evacuated because of drifting clouds of the gas.

The demonstrators dispersed after Palestinian police with loudspeakers called on them to leave.

Meanwhile, in the West Bank city of Hebron, about 4,000 university students burned U.S. and Israeli flags and shred a cardboard Star of David and an effigy of Uncle Sam.

“Death to America, death to Israel!” they chanted.

The rally at Hebron University was to celebrate the release of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, spiritual leader of the radical Islamic group Hamas, who was freed six weeks ago in a swap to free two Israeli agents caught trying to assassinate another Hamas leader in Jordan.

Addressing the rally by telephone from his Gaza Strip base, Yassin said: “You are the hope and the future - you are the generation of victory, God willing.”

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