LOS ANGELES (NEWSnet/AP) — Protests continued to simmer at college campuses across the U.S. during the weekend, with students and others sparring over the war in Gaza and its mounting death toll.

Many campuses were largely quiet over the weekend as demonstrators stayed by tents erected as protest headquarters, but some colleges saw forced removals and arrests. The reports included about 275 people were arrested on Saturday at various campuses including Indiana University at Bloomington, Arizona State University and Washington University in St. Louis.

The number of arrests nationwide has approached 900 since New York police removed a pro-Palestinian protest encampment at Columbia University and arrested more than 100 demonstrators on April 18. 

The nationwide campus protests began as a response by some students to Israel’s offensive in Gaza after Hamas launched a deadly attack on southern Israel on Oct. 7.

While the demands vary from one school to the next, a common request from students that their universities cut financial ties with Israel over the large-scale operation in Gaza.

It is graduation season for colleges and universities across the country, and while some commencement ceremonies and move-out weekends have already taken place, many other schools have early May dates for the end of spring term.

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