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Israeli forces close roads, set up checkpoints across Hebron district

April 12, 2017 9:36 P.M. (Updated: April 12, 2017 9:36 P.M.)
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HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces set up military checkpoints and sealed off a number village entrances in the occupied West Bank district of Hebron on Wednesday afternoon, causing heavy traffic as troops deployed heavily in the area to protect Israeli settlers celebrating the Jewish holiday of Passover.

Locals told Ma'an that Israeli forces closed the entrances to the villages of al-Dhahiriya, al-Samu, and Yatta.

Meanwhile, Israeli troops set up military checkpoints at roads in northern Hebron city, as well as in the villages of Sair and Bani Naim.

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

Witnesses also told Ma’an that large numbers of Israeli troops deployed on rooftops of Palestinian buildings on the northern outskirts of Yatta while a group of settlers swam in an ancient pool in the area.

Earlier in the week, similar measures were implemented in the city of Hebron.

Severe restrictions on movement for Palestinians are typically implemented by Israeli authorities during Jewish holidays for alleged security purposes.

Meanwhile, such policies have been strongly criticized by rights groups for amounting to collective punishment, while blocking Palestinians who work in Israel and Jerusalem from accessing their jobs, exacerbating economic suffering in the territory.
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