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Israeli forces close down factories and confiscate equipment in Hebron

July 24, 2008 12:06 P.M. (Updated: July 24, 2008 12:06 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israeli forces accompanied by bulldozers and trucks confiscated machinery and other equipment from the industrial zone in Beit Fajjar in Hebron and imposed curfew on Thursday morning.

The owners of a number of stone processing factories reported to Ma'an that Israeli forces inspected their factories and confiscated more than 20 machines including bulldozers and equipment for digging and cutting stone. They also detained a number of workers and have transferred them to an unknown destination.

The industrial zone includes a number of quarries and cement factories and it is considered an important area in the development of the Palestinian economy.

Salameh Bello a factory owner in Beit Fajjar said that his company expects to loose $1 million US as a result of the destruction of equipment and the loss of working hours.

Israeli forces are continuing their lock down of the area and are preventing the factory owners from reaching the industrial zone or their factories. It is unclear at present why Israeli forces have taken this action.
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