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Israel reopens Ramallah-area DCO checkpoint after a nearly week-long closure

Aug. 5, 2017 12:09 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 5, 2017 8:08 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities reopened the DCO checkpoint at the northern entrance of al-Bireh city in the Ramallah district in the central occupied West Bank on Friday, after nearly a week of closure.

Israel had closed the checkpoint following clashes in the area during two weeks of unrest that erupted across the occupied Palestinian territory after Israeli authorities had installed metal detectors and surveillance cameras at the gates of Al-Aqsa following a nearly three-day closure of the holy site after a deadly shooting in the area.

A spokesperson for COGAT, the Israeli agency responsible for implementing Israeli policies in the occupied Palestinian territory, was not immediately available for comment. An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an she would look into reports.

The DCO checkpoint is only used by international diplomats, members of international organizations, and government officials.

Palestinian communities are routinely subjected to arbitrary road closures by Israeli military forces for purported "security reasons," an act which rights groups have denounced as amounting to collective punishment.
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