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Israeli forces shut down wedding hall in al-Eizariya

Nov. 7, 2016 10:04 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 8, 2016 12:20 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces shut down a wedding hall in the village al-Eizariya in the occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem, claiming that Palestinians  shoot  firearms in the air during wedding celebrations in the hall.

Israeli security sources said in a statement, received by Ma'an, that Israeli forces closed the al-Awda wedding hall in order to prevent the “very dangerous phenomenon and bad tradition” of shooting in the air during weddings and special occasions.

The statement added that the closure of the wedding hall came as part of the Israeli fight against unlicensed weapon ownership among Palestinians.

Israeli forces delivered the closure notice to the wedding hall's owner, giving him 30 days to take steps to prevent such incidents in the future before the hall could be reopened.

The security sources statement said that the owner of the al-Awda hall had been notified twice previously regarding the issue. However, the owner said that he couldn’t control the people attending the weddings.

Israeli military sources claimed that in the past few years, a number of Israeli houses and cars were damaged by stray bullets fired into the air during Palestinian celebrations.

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