Israeli forces close Ramallah-area checkpoint, fire tear gas at Palestinian vehicles

Attara checkpoint

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces Thursday night closed the Attara military checkpoint north of Ramallah city in the central occupied West Bank, firing stun grenades and tear-gas bombs at Palestinian vehicles to deter people from the checkpoint.

The sudden closure of the checkpoint, which connects the central and northern occupied West Bank, caused a major traffic jam in the area.
An Israeli army spokesperson said they were looking into reports.
The Attara checkpoint is located near al-Jalazun refugee camp, which was the site of clashes between Palestinian youth and Israeli forces around the same time of the checkpoint closure, after Israeli soldiers opened fire on a vehicle, killing one Palestinian teen and critically injuring three others.
Clashes erupted at the entrance of the illegal Israeli Beit El settlement, where Israeli forces fired live-fire, rubber-coated steel bullets, stun grenades, and tear gas at protesters, while Palestinian youth threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at soldiers.
Meanwhile, protesters marched from the Ramallah Government Hospital, where the four teens were taken after they were shot, through main streets in Ramallah city, demanding all stores and shops close in mourning for the slain teen, 17-year-old Muhammad Mahmoud Ibrahim al-Hattab.
Al-Hattab, who was shot in the chest and shoulder, succumbed to his wounds at the hospital, while 18-year-old Jassem Muhammed Nakhla, who was shot in the head and foot, 18-year-old Muhammad Hattab, who was shot in the abdomen, and 18-year-old Muhammed Musa Nakhla who was shot in the foot and shoulder, remained in critical condition.
(Source / 24.03.2017)
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