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Israel reopens Bethlehem-area roads after several weeks of closures

Aug. 25, 2016 4:46 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 25, 2016 7:09 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities Thursday reopened roads in Bethlehem-area towns in the occupied West Bank which had been closed for several weeks for alleged security purposes.

The public relations department of the Palestinian military liaison told Ma’an that the entrances of the villages of al-Khas and al-Numan, the northern entrance of the village of Zaatara, the southern entrances of the villages of Beit Taamir and Janata , and a road connecting the villages of Harmala and Tuqu were reopened by Israeli authorities.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an they would look into reports on the reopening of the roads.

The West Bank has seen an increase in military road closures since October when a wave of unrest first erupted across the West Bank and Israel, leading to periodic closures of Palestinian villages, towns, checkpoints, and entire districts, as the southern district of Hebron was put under the most extensive closure since 2014 last month.

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