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Israel imposes severe restrictions on Hebron's Old City

March 12, 2019 3:51 P.M. (Updated: March 13, 2019 2:07 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces increased restrictions against Palestinians in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron, on Tuesday, especially around the Ibrahimi Mosque, Tel Rumeida and al-Shuhada Street in the Old City of Hebron.

Israeli soldiers sealed off military checkpoints set up near the Ibrahimi Mosque, al-Shahada Street entrance and Tel Rumeida, preventing Palestinians from crossing the checkpoints leading to their homes.

A Palestinian woman was briefly held at the checkpoint.

The imposed restrictions comes after Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian for allegedly attempting to carry out a stabbing attack against Israeli soldiers in the Old City of Hebron

The area of Tel Rumeida has long been a flashpoint for tensions between Palestinians and Israeli settlers and military, as it is located near illegal Israeli settlements whose residents are notoriously aggressive toward Palestinians.

Tel Rumeida is located within the area of the city designated as H2, an area taking over the bulk of Hebron's Old City that is under full Israeli military control, and the site of five illegal Israeli settlements which continually expand into surrounding Palestinian neighborhoods.

The Israeli-controlled H2 area is home to 30,000 Palestinians and around 800 Israeli settlers who live under the protection of Israeli forces.

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

Palestinian residents of the Old City face a large Israeli military presence on a daily basis, with at least 20 checkpoints set up at the entrances of many streets, as well as the entrance of the Ibrahimi Mosque itself.

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

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