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Israel to open Qalqiliya checkpoint closed for 10 years

May 31, 2015 12:43 P.M. (Updated: June 1, 2015 9:34 P.M.)
Eyal checkpoint. (MaanImages/File)
QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Palestinians living in Israel will be able to access the northern West Bank city of Qalqiliya through the Eyal checkpoint ten years since it was closed by Israeli authorities, officials in Qalqiliya told Ma'an on Sunday.

Director of civil affairs at the governor's office, Muhannad Shawar, said the decision will be put into effect by June 7.

He said it came following a request from Palestinian officials who pointed to the enormous convenience that entry through the Eyal checkpoint would bring for residents of Taybeh, al-Tirah and other towns in northern Israel with a Palestinian majority.

According to the agreement reached with the Israeli authorities, Palestinians with Israeli citizenship will be allowed to visit Qalqiliya in private vehicles between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. They are to return via checkpoint 109.

Israeli forces maintain severe restrictions on Palestinians' freedom of movement in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories through a complex combination of fixed checkpoints, flying checkpoints, roads forbidden to Palestinians but open exclusively to Jewish settlers, and various other physical obstructions.

The West Bank is almost entirely surrounded by the Israeli separation wall, which will be more than 700km long upon completion.
Comments
Legal Eagle / Australia
Why doesn't Israel obey international law and remove the ILLEGAL separation wall, as well as all of the ILLEGAL checkpoints and ILLEGAL settlements propping up its ILLEGAL occupation of PALESTINE.
31/05/2015 13:07
Todd / Canada
Do you think the Separation Wall was built because Israel had nothing else to do? It was to keep out terrorists and suicide bombers.
No terrorists and suicide bombers, then no wall! Very clear!!!
31/05/2015 15:23
Rami / Palestine
I'm sure they'll open it for ONE DAY like they did with the Beitin road that was closed for 15 years. They'll have a fancy televised "good will gesture" for PR and then the following day tell their IDF minions to shut it down when no one is paying attention anymore.
31/05/2015 15:46
Greg / UK
No occupation, no need for "terrorists"!
31/05/2015 16:01
Rickie / UK
Other countries in the world would likely have installed electrified barbed wire fences in such circumstances.
31/05/2015 16:07
@Greg UK / France
What has terrorism really achieved for the Palestinians for the last 70 years?
Not much but lots of bloodshed of innocents on all sides. In 2015, Palestinians should try to pursue peaceful initiatives for their cause, not terrorism/suicide bombers/tunnels/missiles from Gaza, terror in Europe etc.
31/05/2015 18:20
Eldad / USA
The last two paragraphs are pure lies.

There are no roads for "Jewish settlers" only. And the West Bank is not even close to "surrounded" by a "wall" or fence.

Please correct.
31/05/2015 20:15
Rafael / US
Checkpoints have definitely reduced terrorism. Palestinians long would have a state if they had agreed to live side by side in peace with Jewish State. They keep rejecting the Jewish State and so things are not perfect. Peace will only be obtained if a Jewish State is accepted by the Palestinians.
31/05/2015 20:21
Arnold / Canada
So happy it is open to allow for freer movement of people. Please do not allow anything bad to happen that will force the closure again.
31/05/2015 22:01
Nera / France
Does Maan really think that false exagerated information as published is bought by the rest of the world?
01/06/2015 20:33
francois / belgium
west bank is for sure not "entirely surrounded" by the wall - such garbage (ordures!)
01/06/2015 20:37
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