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Israeli forces close checkpoint near Ramallah after Palestinians fire on Israeli bus

April 28, 2008 10:23 A.M. (Updated: April 28, 2008 10:23 A.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israeli forces on Sunday closed the Atara checkpoint north of the West Bank city of Ramallah on Sunday evening, ensnaring hundreds of cars in a traffic jam.

Israeli soldiers stopped all traffic for more than two hours, Palestinians waiting at the roadblock said. School busses were reported to be among the vehicles waiting.

Israeli sources said the closure of the checkpoint came after an Israeli bus came under fire in the area. No casualties were been reported in that incident.

Fatah's military wing claimed responsibility for the shooting saying it was in retaliation for Israeli attacks against the Palestinian people.

Atara checkpoint lies at the northern entrance of the village of Bir Zeit, on one of the main routes between Ramallah and the city of Nablus.

Israel maintains more than 500 checkpoints and other roadblocks in the occupied West Bank.

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