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Israeli forces reopen main entrance to Nablus-area village

Jan. 30, 2017 7:48 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 31, 2017 9:40 A.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Monday reopened the main entrance to the town of Beita south of Nablus city in the northern occupied West Bank, which they had sealed on Thursday evening over allegations that Palestinian youth were throwing stones at Israeli vehicles in the area.

Beita Mayor Wasif Mualla told Ma'an that the Palestinian liaison office had notified the municipal council of the Israeli decision prior to the reopening. 

Locals told Ma’an at the time of the closure, which was implemented at the Beita-Huwwara crossroads, that Israeli forces imposed “strict security procedures” and searched hundreds of Palestinian vehicles passing in both directions near the crossroads, in addition to vehicles using the main road of the nearby Huwwara village for more than two hours.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an at the time that they were looking into reports. 

The Beita-Huwarra crossroads, which serves as the main entrance to Beita, is often subjected to strict closures as punishment for alleged stone throwing. 

Israel has come under harsh international condemnation for its response to alleged attacks, which rights groups have said amounted to “collective punishment” and represents a clear violation of international law.

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