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Hundreds of Israeli settlers pass through Beit Ummar village

April 24, 2016 1:53 P.M. (Updated: April 24, 2016 6:01 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Some 300 Israeli settlers, some of them armed, crossed through the village of Beit Ummar on Sunday in the southern occupied district of Hebron on their way between two illegal Israeli settlements, local sources told Ma’an.

The settlers toured the Kfar Etzion settlement north of Beit Ummar before passing through the Palestinian village on their way to the Karmei Tsur settlement, both part of the cluster of illegal Israeli settlements known as Gush Etzion.

Local activist Muhammad Ayyad Awad told Ma’an the settlers' tour caused extreme traffic congestion on the road connecting Hebron to Jerusalem.

He added that local residents fear that settlers might start using their village to cross between the settlements in the future.

Similar demonstrations are carried out by Israeli settlers every year during the Jewish holiday of Passover.

The incident comes amid increasing tension in occupied East Jerusalem's Old City during the holiday season, as right-wing Israelis have been evacuated and detained from the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

More than 500,000 Israeli Jews live in settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.

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