Palestinians fear ‘civil war’ amid growing anarchy

In the past few days, four universities were shut due to violent clashes on campuses between students and rival clans.

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH Published: NOVEMBER 17, 2021 17:25
Updated: NOVEMBER 17, 2021 21:08

Masked Palestinians hold their guns during the funeral of Palestinian police officer Tayseer Issa, who died overnight during a shootout with Israeli security forces, in the West Bank city of Jenin
(photo credit: NASSER ISHTAYEH/FLASH90)
Charges that the Palestinian Authority was not doing enough to enforce law and order, amid increased scenes of anarchy and violence in some parts of the West Bank, emerged Wednesday.
 
Palestinian civilians warned that the violence could lead to “civil war,” especially between large clans and armed gangs in Hebron and the northern West Bank.
 
In the past few days, four universities were shuttered due to violent clashes on campuses between students and rival clans.
 
 
 
 
Al-Quds University in Abu Dis, south of Jerusalem, closed after masked gunmen from the nearby village of Al-Sawahreh opened fire at cars belonging to students and lecturers. The shooting is connected to a dispute over a parking lot near the university.
 
Bir Zeit University, north of Ramallah, closed following violent clashes between students belonging to rival Fatah-affiliated groups.
 
 
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