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Israeli forces seal Nablus-area village in response to alleged stone-throwing

Jan. 26, 2017 10:25 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 29, 2017 7:38 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces sealed the main entrance to the town of Beita south of the city of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank on Thursday evening amidst reported accusations of stone-throwing. 

Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces imposed “strict security procedures” and searched hundreds of Palestinian vehicles passing in both directions near the Beita-Huwarra crossroads, in addition to vehicles using the main road of the nearby Huwwara village for more than two hours.

Israeli forces closed the crossroads until a further notice, reportedly claiming that rocks were being thrown at Israeli settlers’ vehicles.

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

The Beita-Huwarra crossroads, which serves as the main entrance to Beita, is often subjected to strict closures as punishment for alleged stone throwing. 

Israel has come under harsh international condemnation for its response to alleged attacks, which rights groups have said amounted to “collective punishment” and represents a clear violation of international law.
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