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Students end Gaza sit-in protest

Students have ended their occupation of part of Newcastle University over the plight of Palestinians in Gaza.

About 25 members of Newcastle University Gaza Solidarity Campaign entered the fine arts department lecture theatre on Tuesday night.

The group agreed to end the protest late on Wednesday after university bosses agreed to talks.

The students called for a public condemnation of recent Israeli attacks in the region.

A spokesman for the demonstrators said: "The occupation itself has ended at this point because we have been promised that the necessary steps will be taken immediately for our demands to be realised.

"We have no guarantee that our demands will be met, but are confident that the appropriate people will be present at these talks to continue our campaign effectively.

Submitted petition

"We will not rule out further direct action if the university management go back on their word."

A university spokesman said: "The students have submitted a petition which we will discuss."

He said the business of the university was not affected by the protest and other students attended lectures as normal.

About 18,300 students attend the university, of which 4,300 are classed as overseas.

More than 1,300 Palestinians, including 400 children, were killed after Israel began its land, sea and air operations against Hamas militants on 27 December. More than a dozen Israelis have died.

The DEC, which represents more than a dozen aid agencies, is appealing for money to buy food, medicine and blankets after both sides announced a ceasefire.

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