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Israeli forces set up checkpoints at Ramallah villages

Dec. 31, 2016 10:02 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 31, 2016 10:03 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces set up several military checkpoints at the main roads leading to Palestinian villages in the northern edge of the Ramallah district in the central occupied West Bank.

Witnesses told Ma'an in Ramallah that checkpoints were erected on the main entrances to the villages of Atara, Deir Nidham, Abud, Umm Safa, and Nabi Salih.

Israeli forces also set up military checkpoints at the entrance to the village of Kafr al-Dik in the Salfit district.

Israeli soldiers were stopping Palestinian vehicles and checking the identity cards of both passengers and pedestrians who attempted to cross the checkpoints.

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

A number of Palestinian villages in the central occupied West Bank have been facing heightened security measures and restrictions on movement, in response to alleged attacks on Israelis residing in nearby illegal settlements.

Palestinians accused of attacking Israelis -- or of being affiliated with alleged Palestinian attackers -- face arbitrary punishments in the form of road closures and the sealing of entire villages, resulting in serious economic consequences and effects on mobility that rights group have labeled “collective punishment,” representing a clear violation of international law.
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