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Israeli forces close the Ras Al-Jora checkpoint north of Hebron

Sept. 10, 2008 11:23 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 10, 2008 11:23 A.M.)
Hebron - Ma'an - A Palestinian human rights organization reported on Tuesday that Israeli forces closed the Ras Al-Jora checkpoint north of Hebron and prevented Palestinian cars from crossing it.

Israeli sources reported that Israel would open the checkpoint as soon as the army had finished work in the area.

The organization's spokesperson Fahmi Shahin stressed that other human rights groups should make better efforts to open Israeli checkpoints that obstruct movement in the West Bank.

Hebron Governor Khaled Al-Eseli said he hoped Israel would open the Ras Al-Jora checkpoint as soon as possible.

Israel has previously closed the Hebron checkpoint following the outbreak of the 2000 Al-Aqsa Intifada. It serves as an entrance into nearby towns and is the main route for truck access to residential areas in Halhul and Turqumiya.

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