Several hurt as thousands celebrate Tawjihi results

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Originally published by Ma’an News Agency on July 4, 2015.

Palestinians celebrate Tawjihi results in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, July 3, 2015.

Several Palestinians sustained wounds and burns on Friday night as thousands across the occupied territories celebrated Tawjihi results — their final high school exam results — which were published by the Ministry of Education earlier that day, police said.A Palestinian police spokesperson reported that 13 young men sustained cuts and burns in their hands from fireworks, with ten firework-related incidents reported in Nablus, two in Jenin, and one in Hebron.In similar incidents in the Gaza Strip, two people sustained gunshot wounds on Friday night after shots were fired into the air to celebrate the Tawjihi results, according to the director of the emergency room at Gaza City’s Shifa hospital, Ayman Sahabani.He added that a number of people had been hurt by fireworks as well.The celebrations were carried out despite a warning by Hamas spokesman Iyad al-Buzm that those who fired festive gunshots or fireworks would be taken in for questioning.Nearly 81,000 Palestinian students across the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip wrote the final year exams, seeking to obtain the Palestinian General Secondary Certificate, or Tawjihi.The Tawjihi certificate is equivalent to a high school completion certificate, and is required for students who wish to pursue undergraduate studies. In Palestine and other Arab countries, the score on the test determines which programs a student can enter.When exam results are made public, hundreds take to the street honking their car horns in celebration and launching fireworks.

Palestinians celebrate Tawjihi results in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, July 3, 2015.

Palestinians celebrate Tawjihi results in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, July 3, 2015.

Palestinian teenagers celebrating Tawjihi in Bethlehem on July 3. 2015.
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