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Main southern West Bank road closed as settlers rally

May 28, 2014 7:02 P.M. (Updated: May 28, 2014 7:02 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces closed the main road connecting Hebron, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem to traffic on Wednesday in order to empty the road for Jewish settlers engaged in a "bike rally" to mark Jerusalem Day, witnesses said.

Witnesses told Ma'an that hundreds of settlers rallied on bikes from Kiryat Arba settlement east of Hebron to Bethlehem en route to Jerusalem.

The rally caused a heavy traffic jam as the road known as route 60 is the main road for the Palestinians traveling between the southern West Bank and the north and center.

The road is also used a bypass road for settlers traveling between Jerusalem, Israeli settlements in the Gush Etzion bloc near Bethlehem and all of the Jewish settlements in the Hebron area.

Many Israelis celebrate "Jerusalem Day" in commemoration of the 1967 Israeli assault on neighboring countries that allowed it to capture East Jerusalem and "reunite" the city.

Clashes broke out in the Old City earlier on Wednesday and disruptions were expected to continue to occur across occupied East Jerusalem as right-wing Jewish Israelis rally to mark the victory.
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