US troops fire tear gas at protesters outside US embassy in Baghdad – reports

US troops fire tear gas at protesters outside US embassy in Baghdad – reports

Tear gas has been used to disperse angry crowds outside the US embassy in Baghdad, a day after thousands of protesters attempted to storm the diplomatic compound, AFP reported.

Dozens of protesters who camped overnight outside the gates of the embassy were attacked with tear gas by security personnel, reportedly after the demonstrators drew closer to the building.

The crowd also reportedly set several US flags on fire. Several protesters were wounded and driven away in ambulances, according to AFP. The skirmish comes a day after thousands of Iraqis marched on the compound in protest against US airstrikes that targeted several Hezbollah positions.

The demonstrators were able to pass through several checkpoints in the high-security Green Zone, setting fires and destroying surveillance cameras.

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