Palestinians protest Israeli restrictions on journalists


RAMALLAH, Palestine

Dozens of protesters have suffered temporary asphyxiation of tear gas shells fired by Israeli forces during a demonstration in support of Palestinian journalists in the occupied West Bank on Saturday.

Used Israeli soldiers tear gas to disperse the protest, which was staged at the Qalandia checkpoint, north of East Jerusalem, according to a reporter from the Anadolu Agency in the area.

Several journalists were reportedly injured during the protest.

Saturday's protests came amid growing Israeli restrictions on Palestinian journalists in the occupied territories.

According to the Palestinian Journalists' Union, an NGO, the Israeli authorities are increasingly restricting the movement of Palestinian journalists in an attempt to stop them from doing their work.

The Palestinian Center for Media Development and Freedoms (MADA), for its part, estimates that Israeli forces have carried out 833 attacks against media and personnel groups in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip since 2016.

Meanwhile, three Palestinians were injured by Israeli royal ammunition during a protest in the West Bank city of Urif, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent (PRC).

Dozens of demonstrators have also been suffocated by tear gas fired by Israeli forces during the demonstration, said the People's Republic of China.


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