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Israeli forces close main entrance of Ramallah-area village

Dec. 28, 2016 1:42 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 29, 2016 10:58 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces closed the main entrance of the village of Shuqba northwest of Ramallah city in the central occupied West Bank Wednesday morning, after having closed the other entrance to the village more than week ago.

The closure came as Israeli forces continued to impose a strict siege on villages west of Ramallah including Shuqba, Qibya, Shabtin, Umm Safa, Abud, Deir Abu Mashal, and Rantis, after an Israeli settler was lightly wounded when his vehicle was fired at in the area on Dec. 18.

Many Palestinians Tuesday reported to being searched and interrogated by Israeli soldiers while attempting to move in the area while road closures forced citizens to take longer and lower-quality roads.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an they were looking into reports.

Meanwhile, a cluster of Palestinian villages northeast of Ramallah have faced newly erected roadblocks, forcing Palestinians to take a longer, alternative route to reach their homes, after an unidentified gunman allegedly opened fire from a passing vehicle near the illegal Israeli settlement of Beit El, with no injuries reported.

Israel’s response to attacks and alleged attacks, such as arbitrary detentions and road closures, have been widely condemned by rights groups, who have said such measures amount to “collective punishment” and represent a clear violation of international law.
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