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Israel seals off Nablus village as settlers celebrate Sukkot

Sept. 26, 2018 4:02 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 27, 2018 11:22 A.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces sealed off the Sabastiya village, on Wednesday, in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, to allow access for Israeli settlers near the village.

Sabasitiya's mayor Muhammad Azem told Ma'an that Israeli forces began to seal off the village on Wednesday morning and sealed off an archaeological site west of the village.

Azem said that several Israeli military checkpoints were set up around the village and the archaeological site.

He confirmed that Israeli forces officially informed the Sabastiya Municipality of these measures and that it will continue for the next 48 hours.

Azem was informed that Israeli forces sealed off the village under the pretext of easing access for hundreds of Israeli settlers to the archaeological site, in order for them to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.

Sabastiya is located some 12 kilometers outside the city of Nablus, is the site of ancient ruins dating back 3,000 years, and was listed in the Oslo Accords among the archaeological sites of importance to Israel and designated a "national park."

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