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Columbia scraps midnight deadline for dismantling pro-Gaza encampment on campus… trends now

Columbia University backed away late Thursday from a deadline for pro-Palestinian demonstrators to leave an encampment as students prepared for the tenth day of protesting.

University President Minouche Shafik issued a statement less than an hour before the midnight deadline withdrawing from the border to dismantle a large tent camp housing about 200 students.

“The talks have shown progress and are continuing as planned. We have our demands; they have theirs,” Shafik said.

The statement denied that the New York City Police Department had been invited to the campus. “This rumor is false,” it said.

Student demonstrators say they are expressing solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, where the death toll has surpassed 34,305, according to the Hamas-held territory’s health ministry.

Columbia University Minouche Shafik released a statement withdrawing from the border less than an hour before the midnight deadline

Columbia University Minouche Shafik released a statement withdrawing from the border less than an hour before the midnight deadline

Students at the Columbia University encampment in Gaza will be dug in for their tenth day on Friday

Students at the Columbia University encampment in Gaza will be dug in for their tenth day on Friday

Members of the New York Police Department's Strategic Response Group perform outside the main entrance of Columbia University early Friday morning

Members of the New York Police Department’s Strategic Response Group perform outside the main entrance of Columbia University early Friday morning

Student protesters say they are expressing solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, where the death toll has surpassed 34,305.

Student protesters say they are expressing solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, where the death toll has surpassed 34,305.

In Columbia, protesters have defiantly set up a tent camp where many will graduate in a few weeks in the presence of families.

Columbia officials said negotiations showed progress as they neared the school’s deadline, which had to be met early Friday

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