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Israeli forces set up roadblocks in Hebron-area town, fire tear gas at pedestrians

July 9, 2016 9:17 P.M. (Updated: July 10, 2016 12:50 P.M.)
The entrance to the village of Bani Naim in Hebron, sealed with dirt mounds by Israeli forces, on July 9, 2016. (MaanImages)
HEBRON (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces on Saturday blockaded the town of Yatta in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron and fired tear gas at pedestrians trying to leave, amid ongoing restrictions on movement across Hebron, the West Bank’s largest and most populous district.

According to the coordinator of a local committee against Israel’s settlements and the separation wall, Ratib al-Jubour, al-Fawwar refugee camp in the northwestern outskirts of Yatta was completely sealed and Israeli military checkpoints were erected on side roads connecting Yatta to Route 60, the main highway that links to the rest of the occupied West Bank, used by both Palestinians and Israelis residing in illegal settlements.

He added that Israeli soldiers fired tear gas at Palestinian pedestrians attempting to cross a dirt mound placed by Israeli forces blocking a road connecting the village of al-Karmil on the south western edge of Yatta to the village of al-Tuwani. Several people were treated on site for severe tear gas inhalation.

The measures came as Israeli forces continued to seal the town of Bani Naim east of Hebron City for the ninth day, which was imposed after a series of attacks and alleged attacks were carried out by residents of the village targeting Israelis residing in the nearby illegal settlement Kiryat Arba, as well as on Israeli military targets.

Locals reported that Israeli soldiers were prohibiting Palestinians from leaving Bani Naim on foot.

Al-Jubour highlighted that Israeli forces ransacked the home of Muhammad Thahir al-Khudour in Bani Naim overnight Friday. Israeli soldiers, he said, rounded up all of the family members in one room as they inspected the house.

Israeli forces detained another Palestinian in Dura west of the city of Hebron in predawn raids Friday and injured another with live fire during clashes there.

Israeli security measures in Hebron come amid an ongoing general closure of the entirety of Hebron and its surrounding villages, with Israeli forces restricting passage through several entrances to the district to humanitarian and military cases only. Partial lifting of certain roadblocks and checkpoints and the resealing of others have been reported in recent days, which the Israeli army said was carried out in accordance with "ongoing military assessments."

July 9, 2016. (MaanImages)

July 9, 2016. (MaanImages)

July 9, 2016. (MaanImages)
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