Israeli troops fire tear gas at protest in Qalandiya

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli troops fired tear gas on dozens of protesters gathered at Qalandiya checkpoint near Ramallah to call for access to Jerusalem.

Al Jazeera correspondent Shirin Abu Akleh screamed and ducked out of shot as tear gas was seen fired and a group of protesters dispersed.

Youth were seen throwing stones at Israeli forces deployed on the West Bank side of the crossing, Al-Jazeera said.

Palestinian ambulances arrived at the scene as tens of Israeli troops deployed to the area.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said “200 rioters are hurling rocks at security forces, who are responding with riot dispersal means.”

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