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UPDATED: 09:49, May 03, 2007
Angry Israeli students burn tires near Tel Aviv University
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Thousands of Israeli students protesting against proposed educational reforms on Wednesday blocked streets and burned tires near the entrance to Tel Aviv University, local newspaper Jerusalem Post reported.

Two police officers were lightly injured in clashes with the protesters and they were taken to hospital for treatment, police sources was quoted as saying.

Several students even climbed on the top of buses in order to pass the police barriers. Some protestors were arrested, according to the report.

Police officers warned the protesters that if they broke the law or disrupted traffic in the area, appropriate legal action would be taken.

Students have been on strike for the last 20 days protesting against the governmental Shochat Committee on Higher Education's unpublished findings, which they fear may include a recommendation for a tuition fee hike. The students also demand the disbandment of the committee.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's representatives have recently promised the students not to raise tuition in the coming year, and not to implement the Shochat Committee's recommendations for another three years.

Olmert also suggested setting up a team "to examine recommendations for improving the quality of education and upgrading services available to students."

However, the offer, which does not include the disbandment of the committee, was turned down by the students, who said they would only view it as a positive progress.

Source: Xinhua

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