Riots erupted in Qalandiya
Monday as three Palestinians who were killed in clashes
with security forces earlier in the day were being laid to rest. During the funerals, masked members of the al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades began to fire in the air.
Clashes between IDF
and Border Guard
forces and the Palestinians soon ensued as fire and smoke rose over the checkpoint area.
Dozens of Palestinians hurled stones and firebombs at the security forces in the Qalandiya checkpoint. The forces responded with crowd-dispersal means including gas grenades.
Clashes at the nearby refugee camp began early Monday morning after Palestinians noticed a Border Guard force entering the area in order to arrest a terror suspect. The exposure led to clashes involving more than 1,000 Palestinians, the Border Guards as well as an IDF force called in as back up.
Military sources said that the troops used crowd dispersal means, shot at the rioters' legs and were aided by a rescue force who employed similar riot control means. Three Palestinians were killed and more than a dozen were wounded.
Meanwhile, Palestinian sources told Ynet that a meeting between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators scheduled for Monday has been canceled following the Qalandiya incident.
They noted that the current round of talks was meant to be held in Jericho, likely in the home of Saeb Erekat.
Elior Levy contributed to this report
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