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Hebron shops, streets close as Israeli settlers visit holy site

Sept. 25, 2018 3:36 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 26, 2018 2:08 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli soldiers forced shops in the Bab al-Zawiya area, Beersheba Street and al-Shuhada Street, in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron, to close, on Tuesday, to ease access for Israeli settlers to the burial site of Abraham and Sarah.

Locals said that large numbers of Israeli forces were deployed across Hebron City to seal off various streets, went up the rooftops of several buildings in the areas, in which restrictions were imposed and banned residents from movement.

Sources confirmed that Palestinian shop-owners were forced to close their shops for Israeli settlers to easily access the burial site of Abraham and Sarah, located on Beersheba Street, on occasion of the week-long Jewish holiday of Sukkot, also known as Feast of Tabernacles.

Israeli worshipers celebrate the holiday with various feasts throughout the week and increase incursions into holy sites such as Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem and the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron City. In addition to incursions to other archaeological areas in Palestinian cities and towns.

Severe restrictions for Palestinians are typically implemented by the Israeli authorities during Jewish holidays for alleged security purposes. The occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip have also been placed under an 8-day military closure for the holiday.

Some 800 notoriously aggressive Israeli settlers now live under the protection of the Israeli military in the Old City, surrounded by more than 30,000 Palestinians.

Palestinian residents of the Old City of Hebron face a large Israeli military presence on a daily basis, with at least 32 permanent and partial checkpoints set up at the entrances of many streets.

Additionally, Palestinians are not allowed to drive on al-Shuhada street, have had their homes and shops on the street welded shut and in some areas of the Old City, they are not permitted to walk on certain roads.

Meanwhile, Israeli settlers move freely on the street, drive cars and carry machine guns.

In the video below, Israeli forces ban Palestinians from entering the mentioned areas:

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