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Report: Israel to seal Shufat camp exit

Aug. 27, 2012 9:10 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 28, 2012 4:50 P.M.)
TEL AVIV (Ma'an) -- Israel is sealing a key Jerusalem checkpoint, leaving only a single exit for 65,000 Palestinian residents of Shufat refugee camp, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported Monday.

Israel's Defense Ministry is closing the Ras Khamis checkpoint despite a 2008 High Court ruling that the main crossing must be upgraded first, Haaretz said.

Security cameras have already been dismantled at the Ras Khamis crossing and it will be sealed next week, police sources told Haaretz.

Residents of the camp in northeast Jerusalem, which is surrounded by Israel's separation wall, will only be able to access the city through the central crossing, adding an extra two-kilometer journey for some residents to enter Jerusalem.
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