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400 Israeli settlers enter Nablus village

July 12, 2010 11:38 A.M. (Updated: July 13, 2010 1:39 P.M.)
Nablus – Ma’an – More than 400 Israeli settlers under military guard entered a village near the northern West Bank city of Nablus on Sunday.

Israeli forces closed the area for the duration of the event, and Palestinians were unable to leave Orta village between 10 p.m. Sunday and 3 a.m. Monday, village councilman Hasan Awad said.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said the settlers entered the area to visit holy sites, adding that they were escorted by Israeli soldiers for their protection. She said the village was not closed.

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