Israeli military closes road, bans Palestinians following deadly attack

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli military closed a main thoroughfare north of Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank following a deadly stab attack carried out in a nearby settlement, where Palestinian entry was also prohibited, the Israeli army said Friday.An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that a section of route 60 running between Qalandiya checkpoint and the illegal Adam settlement, also known as Geva Benyamin, was closed to all vehicles.The military also placed a ban on all Palestinian entry into the Shaare Benyamin industrial zone, with the exception of laborers who carry permits to work in the area.The “security measures” were implemented in line with a “situation assessment” of the area after an attack took place in Shaare Benyamin Thursday evening, the spokesperson added.The industrial zone lies on route 60 around two kilometers north of the Geva Benyamin settlement. Friday’s road closure begins following the settlement heading west, cutting off a number of Palestinian towns and villages from Qalandiya and the economic hub of Ramallah.The Qalandiya checkpoint is a main access point for Palestinians with proper permits to pass from the occupied West Bank into occupied East Jerusalem.The closure of main roads — primarily to Palestinians — has been customary practice by the Israeli military since a wave of unrest swept the occupied Palestinian territory in October.Earlier this month, Israeli forces sealed the Bethlehem-area village of Nahhalin for six consecutive days after an Israeli settler was stabbed and injured by a suspect said to have fled towards the village.The closure blockaded 10,500 Palestinian residents who were prevented from moving in or out of the village, barring exceptional humanitarian cases.The move “severely disrupted” access to services and workplaces, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.The UN has in the past slammed Israel’s closures of villages, calling the measures “collective punishment” of Palestinian villages, towns, and districts.

(Source / 19.02.2016)

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