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Activists shut Beit El checkpoint in protest against Jenin killings

March 23, 2014 10:42 A.M. (Updated: March 23, 2014 3:29 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Activists from the peaceful popular resistance movement on Saturday shut down the Beit El checkpoint north of Ramallah in protest against the killing of three Palestinians by Israeli forces in Jenin earlier in the day.

Despite the small number of participants, protesters were able to force Israeli forces to shut down the checkpoint, which is commonly known as "DCO."

Protesters carried Palestinian flags and pictures of the three men killed in Jenin refugee camp, and they chanted slogans demanding an end to the Israeli occupation and to its crimes against the Palestinian people.

An Israeli army spokesperson said that "approximately 180 Palestinians gathered and then left."

Earlier in the day, Israeli forces killed three Palestinians during a raid on Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank.

After Israeli forces stormed the camp to arrest a man, locals gathered and threw rocks, and Hamza Abu al-Haija, 22, Mahmoud Abu Zeina, 17, and Yazan Mahmoud Basim Jabarin, 22, were killed during the raid and the ensuing clashes.
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