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Israel installs new surveillance cameras inside Palestinian villages

March 25, 2017 2:37 P.M. (Updated: March 26, 2017 11:43 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces recently installed new surveillance cameras inside several villages across the occupied West Bank, which locals said marked a departure from usual measures whereby cameras were only installed at main raids and crossroads.

According to reports from Hebrew-language media, Israeli technical teams installed the surveillance cameras in order to monitor Palestinians throwing rocks or Molotov cocktails, and that the operation was conducted "under strict security by Israeli forces."

Local Palestinian sources said that one such surveillance camera was installed at a road near the town of Janata east of Bethlehem, a few meters away from a main road that Israeli settlers use to reach the illegal settlement of Teqoa. Israeli forces also installed cameras near the village of Kifl Haris in the northern West Bank.

An Israeli army spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the matter.

Surveillance cameras have typically been installed on main roads and crossroads, but Israeli forces recently have reportedly been installing cameras along side streets inside Palestinian villages where Israeli patrols are not frequently deployed.

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