December 31, 2019 / 10:44 AM / 20 days ago

Iraqi security forces fire teargas to disperse protesters outside US embassy

Baghdad, Dec 31 (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces fired teargas on Tuesday outside the U.S. embassy to disperse protesters who had gathered to condemn American air strikes in Iraq.

Only a small amount of teargas was used and militia forces, using loud speakers, urged the crowd to disperse, a Reuters witness said.

The U.S. ambassador to Iraq and other staff were earlier evacuated because of safety concerns. (Reporting By Ahmed Rasheed, Maher Nazeh, and Thaeir al-Sudani, writing by Maha El Dahan; editing by Mike Collett-White)

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