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Israeli forces declare Tulkarem a closed military zone

Nov. 27, 2008 5:31 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 27, 2008 5:31 P.M.)
Tulkarem - Ma'an - The Israeli army declared Tulkarem, a city in the northern West Bank, a closed military zone on Thursday and reinforced the temporary military checkpoints at the entrances to the city.

Several Israeli armored vehicles were stationed around Tulkarem and local sources reported tightened security procedures throughout the district.

Palestinian security sources said the reason given for the military order was "Israeli security concerns."

Checkpoints south and east of the city, at Jbara and E'nab, were fortified and several "flying checkpoints" were established at the entrance to the small villages and towns in the area. Flying checkpoints were confirmed at the east end of the Bal'a intersection, at Al-Jarushiah in the north and Far'oun in the south.

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