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Jenin man dies at Israeli checkpoint

Dec. 29, 2013 4:30 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 29, 2013 9:43 P.M.)
JENIN (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man died on Sunday at a flying checkpoint Israeli forces erected in the northern West Bank, the man's family said.

Adel Muhammad Amarnah, 65, was being rushed to a Jenin hospital when his car was stopped at a checkpoint near the village of Yaabad, his family told Ma'an.

An Israeli soldier told the driver of the car to "go back where he came from," the family said. After being held up for an extended period of time, the driver finally convinced the soldier to let the car through the checkpoint.

But Amarnah died before he reached Jenin's public hospital, where the doctors confirmed his death, his family said.

An Israeli army spokesman said he was unfamiliar with the incident.

Israeli forces maintain severe restrictions on Palestinians' freedom of movement in the West Bank through a complex combination of fixed checkpoints, flying checkpoints, roads forbidden to Palestinians but open to Jewish settlers, and various other physical obstructions.

At any given time there are about 100 permanent Israeli checkpoints in the West Bank, while surprise flying checkpoints often number into the hundreds.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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