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Israeli forces erect checkpoints near Nablus villages for 3rd day

March 9, 2014 12:15 A.M. (Updated: March 10, 2014 2:44 A.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces erected temporary checkpoints at the entrance to the northern West Bank villages of Madama and Burin south of Nablus for the third consecutive day on Sunday.

Locals told Ma'an that Israeli troops have been inspecting all locals as they travel in and out of their villages, impeding their movement.

The Israeli crackdown against the two villages began three days ago when a Molotov cocktail was thrown at the vehicle of a Jewish settler traveling on the Israeli bypass road between the villages and the illegal Yitzhar settlement.

Three individuals were detained by Israeli forces in the villages on Wednesday following the incident.

The area around the villages south of Nablus is a frequent site of settler violence and Palestinian clashes with Israeli forces as it is located beside the notoriously violent Israeli settlement of Yitzhar.

In mid-February, local settlers threw rocks at Palestinian schoolchildren and attacked a local high school in two separate incidents that led to clashes.

Settlers frequently attack a number of local villages and prevent farmers from reaching their lands, according to UNOCHA, in addition to attacks on local olive trees themselves.

As a result, local youths sometimes respond by targeting vehicles belonging to settlers on the area's main roads.
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