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Hebron on strike as Israel tightens closure around city

June 16, 2014 3:52 A.M. (Updated: June 18, 2014 11:48 A.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- A commercial strike was announced by shopkeepers in Hebron on Monday as Israel tightened its closure of the city in search for three missing youths.

A Ma'an reporter said all shops and stores remain closed in Hebron with streets virtually empty as the city shows solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike.

The city was subject to widespread overnight raids with at least 40 people detained, including several senior Hamas politicians.

Hebron's governor, Kamel Hmeid, urged the international community to intervene against what he called "inhumane" acts by Israel's military in the city.

On Monday, Israeli forces broke into a cemetery in the Hebron town of Taffuh and raided several neighborhoods.

Thousands of Israeli soldiers have been deployed in the Hebron area following the the suspected kidnapping of three Israeli youths in the Gush Etzion area.

Over 150 Palestinians have been detained in the ongoing arrest campaign.
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